Puerto Rican Elderly Health Condition Project

CLIENT

Prof. Alberto Palloni

DESCRIPTION

The Puerto Rican Elderly Health Condition Project (PREHCO) investigates the characteristics of older adults (aged 60+) in Puerto Rico through an island-wide, cross-sectional sample survey of target individuals and their surviving spouses.

This project is a joint effort between the Survey Center and the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico. The project developmental stage of the second wave of data collection of the Puerto Rican Elderly: Health Conditions Survey (PREHCO II), including survey development and CAPI instrument design, is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2004.

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PROJECT DIRECTOR

Theresa Thompson-Colón

DATE IN FIELD

Fall 2004 - Winter 2006


MIDUS: Midlife in the U.S. National Study of Health and Well-being

CLIENT

UW Institute on Aging and the National Institute on Aging

DESCRIPTION

The UWSC fielded the second wave of the MIDUS: Midlife in the U.S. National Study of Health and Well-being from 2004 through 2006. This longitudinal survey was conducted for the UW Institute on Aging and the National Institute on Aging. MIDUS II is the ten year follow-up on a national sample of over 7,000 Americans between the ages of 35 and 85. The primary objective of the MIDUS survey is to identify the major biomedical, psychological, and social factors that permit some people to achieve good health, psychological well-being, and social responsibility during their adult years.

The portion of the protocol conducted by the UWSC included a 45 minute telephone survey, a 114 page mail survey, and a 15 minute cognitive testing telephone survey. It also included a random over sample study conducted with African Americans in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This part of the study was conducted by CAPI (computer assisted personal interviewing). Plans for sample cohort refreshment efforts, and experiments in recruiting new sample, including twins, are already underway in preparation for MIDUS III.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Kelly Elver

DATE IN FIELD

January 2004 - September 2006


Bio-Energy Focus Groups

CLIENT

Mark Rickenbach, Professor, Department of Forest Ecology and Management

DESCRIPTION

The UWSC conducted five focus groups with owners of Wisconsin forest land, who were recruited from membership lists of woodland organizations. Participants discussed current forest management practices, opinions on renewable energy, and attitudes toward a proposed use of waste wood for energy production.

PROJECT DIRECTOR

Robert Cradock

DATE IN FIELD

Fall 2006