Special Populations in Research

NJ ACTS is dedicated to integrating special populations in research into our programs at all levels. With our expertise in community engagement, social determinants of health, and population health data resources, we can help you integrate special populations into your research study design, research team, and as participants in your health research studies.

Our goal is to develop human resources through technical support and engagement of researchers in the use of powerful data resources; build research teams focused on specific special populations; strengthen partnerships with stakeholders including state health and environmental agencies; and bring researchers together across NJ ACTS with a shared focus on the special populations and expertise in a full range of research strategies for optimizing their study.

Further, our aim is to enhance and facilitate use of linked data resources to expand clinical and translational research on special populations through integration of diverse databases, building on strong prior work in the linkage of large administrative, exposure, clinical and outcome data. 

Special Populations Data Resources
IFH Survey/Data Core Holdings
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National Data Sources    
45-state Medicaid Analytic eXtract (MAX)(retired for TAF) 2001-2014  
45-state Medicaid Analytic eXtract (TAF) 2013-2016 2017-2018 Yearly Updates
Medicare, Parts A/B/D 20% 2007-2018 2019 Yearly Updates
Medicare 100% (*MBSF, MedPAR, OASIS, Home Health & Hospice) 2013-2016 2017-2019 Yearly Updates
Market Scan 1996-2018 Yearly Updates
International Data Sources    
Clinical Practice Research Datalink (UK) 1986- Yearly Updates
Local Data Sources    
New Jersey Based Data Varies Varies
Other Databases    
First Databank MedKnowledge 2017-2018  
Special Populations - Upcoming Seminars!
Date and Time Speaker Title and Links
September 21, 2021
1-2 pm
Dr. Dalton Conley Using Genetics to Do Social Science: Inside the Social Genomics Revolution
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October 12, 2021
12-1 pm
Dr. Soko Setoguchi
Dr. Jennifer Miles
Dr. Bonnie Qin (CINJ)
Environmental Determinants of Health: Exploring Medicare Outcomes Using Area-Level Data
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November 1, 2021
12-1 pm
Dr. Olga Jarrin Theory, Methods, and Data Resources for Research on Mitigation of Structural Racism and Discrimination inHealth Care and Social Policy
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Special Populations - Previous Seminars on YouTube

Previous Seminars

July 13, 2021 Dr. Hillary Samples

Prescription Opioid Treatment and Risk of Adverse Opioid-Related Outcomes Among Individuals with Chronic Pain
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May 11, 2021 Peter Treitler, MSW
Rusty Reeves, MD
Medications for Opioid Use Disorder and Peer Health Navigation for Persons Leaving NJ State Prisons and Returning to the Community – Early Findings
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April 16, 2021 Dr. Qiana Brown Cannabis Use and Perceived Risk of Use Among Pregnant Women in the U.S.
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February 16, 2021 Dr. Panos Georgopoulos Modeling COVID-19 Dynamics and Patterns Across New Jersey
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Special Populations Categories
Children
Older Adults
Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Low Income Populations
People Living with Opioid Use Disorders
People Living with HIV/AIDS
People Living with Serious Mental Illness
Prisoners

Request a Consultation

Investigators, research team members, trainees and community members can request a consultation from the Integrating Special Populations team by contacting Georgette Timoney.

Leadership Team

Stephen Crystal, Ph.D.

Stephen Crystal, Ph.D.

Lead

Dr. Crystal is Board of Governors Professor in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research and the School of Social Work. At the Institute, he directs the Center for Health Services Research on Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management, and Outcomes, whose programs include the AHRQ-funded Center for Education and Research on Mental Health Therapeutics. To read more about Dr. Crystal.

Dalton Conley, Ph.D.

Dalton Conley, Ph.D.

Co-Lead

Dr. Conley is the Henry Putnam University Professor in Sociology and a faculty affiliate at the Office of Population Research and the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University.  He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a faculty affiliate at the New York Genome Center, and in a pro bono capacity he serves as Dean of Health Sciences for the University of the People.  Conley’s scholarship has primarily dealt with the intergenerational transmission of socioeconomic and health status from parents to children. To read more about Dr. Conley.

Olga Jarrín Montaner, Ph.D., R.N.

Olga Jarrín Montaner, Ph.D., R.N.

Co-Lead

Dr. Jarrín joined the Rutgers School of Nursing faculty in 2016 after completing postdoctoral fellowships in Gerontology and Health Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania. She directs the Community Health and Aging Outcomes Laboratory and leads a five-year, $1 million study — funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – on the effectiveness of home health care for older adults and people living with chronic illness. To read more about Dr. Jarrin.

Panos Georgopolous, PhD

Panos Georgopolous, PhD

Co-Lead

Dr. Georgopoulos is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers University – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculties of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, and a member of the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI). To read more about Dr. Georgopoulos.

Rusty Reeves, M.D.

Rusty Reeves, M.D.

Co-Lead

Dr. Reeves is the Director of Psychiatry at Rutgers – University Correctional Health Care, an organization within Rutgers University that provides the medical and mental health care to New Jersey’s state prisoners. Dr. Reeves created and directs the forensic psychiatry fellowship within the Department of Psychiatry at Rutgers University – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Reeves is a Professor within the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, specializing in correctional psychiatry.