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
|Available Now||Available Soon|
|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|
|First Databank MedKnowledge||2017-2018|
Special Populations - Upcoming Seminars!
|Date and Time||Title and Links|
|April 16, 2021
12 -1 pm
|Cannabis Use and Perceived Risk of Use Among Pregnant Women in the U.S.
|May 11, 2021
12 -1 pm
|Medications for Opioid Use Disorder and Peer Health Navigation for Persons Leaving NJ State Prisons and Returning to the Community – Early Findings|
Special Populations - In the News!
Special Populations Categories
|Racial and Ethnic Minorities|
|Low Income Populations|
|People Living with Opioid Use Disorders|
|People Living with HIV/AIDS|
|People Living with Serious Mental Illness|
Watch the Video of Dr. Panos Georgopoulos’ Seminar
Modeling COVID-19 Dynamics and Patterns Across New Jersey
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.
Stephen Crystal, Ph.D.
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.
Olga Jarrín Montaner, Ph.D., R.N.
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
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.
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.