MnRDC Newsletter | Fall 2016

Data Announcements

New Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics 
Under a new agreement with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses are available in the Minnesota Federal Statistical Research Data Center. Please note: Proposals are subject to approval by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other agencies as required. Find more information on the BLS website.

Data Spotlight: NCHS Surveys Linked to CMS Medicare Data 
NCHS survey data linked with enrollment and claims records from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are available in the MnRDC. The NCHS linked surveys include the National Health Interview Survey and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. These linked datasets can be accessed at the MnRDC if you have an approved project. More information is available on the CDC website.

New RDC Projects!

Impact of Expanded Nurse Practitioner Scope of Practice Laws 
Investigators: Heather Dahlen (Medica Research Institute) and Michel Boudreaux (University of Maryland) 
This study examines two questions. First, whether and how nurse practitioner scope of practice laws have affected health and access to health care among nonelderly low-income adults. Second, does nurse practitioner independence have a differential impact on health care access, use, and affordability based on Medicaid expansion status. The study uses data from the 2006-2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) with the restricted geographic identifiers from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). The researchers also draw on supplemental data including county economic and health care market characteristics, state legislative rules on nurse practitioner scope of practice, Medicaid eligibility thresholds, and data on Primary Care Service Areas (PCSAs).

Events and Announcements

Proposal Development
Do you have an idea for a research project in the MnRDC? Contact the MnRDC to discuss research opportunities. Rachelle Hill is available to help clarify what data may be available, the requirements for using the data, and in developing a proposal. Visit for a list of available datasets, or contact Rachelle (612.626.4365 or [email protected]) to get started.

For Current MnRDC Researchers

MnRDC Closures
As a federal facility, the RDC is not supported on federal holidays. Rachelle Hill, your MnRDC Administrator, works from home when the University is closed. Please keep these dates in mind when planning your work in the MnRDC.

  • 11/11 - Veterans Day (Federal Holiday)
  • 11/24 – Thanksgiving (Federal Holiday)
  • 11/25 – Scheduled Vacation Day
  • 12/26 – Christmas Observed (Federal Holiday)
  • 1/2 – New Year’s Day Observed (Federal Holiday)