Communities in Charge Survey, 2001-2003 [Alameda County, California, Austin, Texas, and Southern Maine] (ICPSR 4638)
Principal Investigator(s): McLaughlin, Catherine, University of Michigan School of Public Health
This three-wave survey was conducted as part of an evaluation of the Communities in Charge (CIC) initiative, a competitive grants program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). CIC provided funding and technical assistance to help communities design and implement new or expand existing approaches for supplying health care to the uninsured. Three of the 14 CIC sites funded by RWJF in 2001 were selected for the survey: Alameda County, California, Austin, Texas, and southern Maine. With CIC grant support, all three created programs that provided fairly comprehensive health benefits to low-income, uninsured participants, who were interviewed by the survey within three months of enrollment (Wave 1) and again at about six months and 12 months after enrollment (Waves 2 and 3). Conducted in English in southern Maine, English and Spanish in Austin, and English, Spanish, and Cantonese in Alameda County, the survey collected information on demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, health status, health insurance coverage, access to health services, and health services utilization. Additional topics covered by the survey include out-of-pocket spending on health care, unmet health care needs, and satisfaction with and opinions about health care. There are two data files for each wave, one with the data from the Cantonese interviews and one with the data from the English and Spanish interviews.
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the data. A login is required to apply for access.The data files are restricted from general dissemination for reasons of confidentiality. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to these data through the ICPSR restricted data contract portal, which can be accessed via the study home page.
These data are available to the general public.
McLaughlin, Catherine. Communities in Charge Survey, 2001-2003 [Alameda County, California, Austin, Texas, and Southern Maine]. ICPSR04638-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-03-01. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04638.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04638.v1
This study was funded by:
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (038730)
- California HealthCare Foundation (00-4097)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: health insurance, health care, health care access, health care costs, health care delivery, health care services, health services utilization, health status, low income groups, program evaluation, poverty
Geographic Coverage: California, Maine, Austin, Texas
Date of Collection:
Universe: Low-income adult participants in the CIC programs in Alameda County, California, Austin, Texas, and southern Maine
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
There are different linking variables for the Cantonese data files and the English and Spanish data files. Use variable SampleID to link cases across the different waves of the English and Spanish interviews data. On the other hand, the Cantonese data files should be linked with the variable named "serial."
Sample: Participants enrolled during July-December 2001 in Alameda County, October 2001 to April 2002 in southern Maine, and December 2001 to June 2002 in Austin were included in the baseline Wave 1 sample. One individual per household was interviewed until the desired number for each site was reached. In all, there were 1,120 Wave 1 respondents: 472 in Alameda County, 348 in Austin, and 300 in southern Maine. Waves 2 and 3 attempted to re-interview everyone who participated in Wave 1 regardless of changes in their enrollment status.
Mode of Data Collection: telephone interview
Response Rates: Seventy-six to 93 percent depending on the site and wave.
Original ICPSR Release: 2007-03-01
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