An important research
laboratory has a new home on the NIU campus.
Health and Human Sciences Survey Research Laboratory recently moved from the
Monat Building on N. Third Street to McMurray Hall.
“I am glad to have the
lab on campus because I think this is where we have always belonged,” Bill Leighly,
Health and Human Sciences Survey Research Lab operations manager, said. “Being
centrally-located makes it more accessible to student employees who might have
transportation difficulties making the trek to an off-campus location.”
The Health and Human Sciences Survey Research Laboratory is a team of 50 to 75 surveyors who contact potential survey participants by phone and ask general questions about an individual’s health-related risk factors. Since 1984, the lab has been providing data for the Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and related surveys.
“The Behavioral Risk
Factor Surveillance System serves as a system by which each state’s health
department gathers confidential, unbiased data on health trends, behaviors
and risk factors in the general population in order to adjust funding and
resource allocation accordingly,” Leighly said. “It is critical in the sense
that it provides an accurate snapshot of health-related behaviors in the
population as a whole through survey research methodology.”
Results from those surveys have
been factored into legislation and health-care resource
decisions, such as Illinois’ indoor smoking ban, lower cost mammograms and more
affordable prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing.
“The work we do is important because we are providing the raw data that goes towards making the large-scale public health policy decisions and legislative initiatives,” Leighly said. “We are responsible for making sure the data collected is unbiased, accurate, confidential, and in strict accordance with survey research methodology and thus scientifically accurate.”
Along with being an
important resource for the state, the lab is an important resource for Huskies
and community members in need of employment.
“We have many
interviewer positions to fill, especially for the summer months and into the
fall,” Leighly said. “We needs lots of
good, reliable employees – both NIU students and members of the community – to
help us reach our goals. It’s just a real positive work environment that you
can feel good about at the end of the day.”
Visit the Health and Human Sciences Survey
Research Laboratory to learn more.
Source: NIU Today CHHS News