AHRQ director stepping down later this year
AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy, M.D., is planning to step down later this year after a decade of leading the Agency. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a January 31 e-mail to HHS leaders and AHRQ staff, said she was "deeply grateful" for Dr. Clancy’s service. "Under Carolyn’s leadership, AHRQ has undertaken innovative new work that has improved the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of the nation’s health care delivery system," Secretary Sebelius noted. "Carolyn has been passionate about the importance of linking quality improvement with the urgency of reducing disparities in health care. During her tenure, the agency produced the nation’s first annual reports on quality, safety, and disparities in care. AHRQ has supported groundbreaking research on patient safety and related interventions, such as TeamSTEPPS, the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program, and other efforts to reduce health care associated infections, now implemented both nationwide and internationally." Dr. Clancy will continue to serve while HHS leaders continue their national search for a new AHRQ director.