Research Center Receives $1.85 Million Grant for Health Survey

The Health and Behavioral Risk Research Center at the University of Missouri has been awarded an $1.85 million grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health to conduct a 2011 county-level health surveillance study.

The Health and Behavioral Risk Research Center is located within the Department of Health Management and Informatics at MU's School of Medicine. Bill Wells, PhD, MHA, will serve as principal investigator of the project.

"The 2011 County-level Study is the largest health surveillance survey ever conducted in Missouri," Dr. Wells said. "The center will survey 54,100 Missouri residents in 2011. Data collection will begin in January and run through December 2011."

The goal of the study is to create the largest possible data set for use by the health community to provide a better understanding of local needs. The information collected will provide health professionals and policy makers with an improved and understanding of the health status and unique needs of communities.