AHRQ awards $4.5 million to create clinical preventive services research centers

Research Activities, December 2011, No. 376

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded 3-year grants totaling $4.5 million to support research in three centers that will focus on improving clinical preventive services and practices such as screening, counseling, and use of preventive medications for patients. The project will be led by three universities and includes a separate award for coordination and evaluation of the research.

The innovation for these centers is made possible through the Prevention and Public Health Fund, part of the Affordable Care Act, and is designed to expand and sustain the necessary capacity to prevent disease, detect it early, and manage conditions before they become severe. States and communities are also funded to acquire the resources they need to promote healthy living.Through this initiative, the National Prevention Strategy was established to bring together leaders across the government to establish priorities for the new frontiers of knowledge and implementation of preventive health.

Consistent with the National Prevention Strategy of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ planned a significant research effort to establish the Research Centers for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services that are located in Chicago, IL, Chapel Hill, NC, and Aurora, CO. The centers will serve to advance the national research agenda in clinical preventive services in three specific areas:

  • Health equity—to learn more about how to reduce disparities in the use of clinical preventive services.
  • Patient safety—to better the understanding of risks and harms associated with clinical preventive services.
  • Health systems implementation—to study how primary care practices, public health resources, and the larger health care system can improve the delivery of evidence-based clinical preventive services.

The centers will be located at the following institutions:

  • Northwestern University, Chicago—Award: $1.4 million. The Center for Advancing Equity in Clinical Preventive Services will develop and test interventions to achieve equity in clinical preventive services by focusing on health literacy, health communication, quality improvement methods, and health information technology.
  • University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill— Award: $1.5 million. The UNC Research Center for Excellence in Clinical Preventive Services will focus on research to improve patient safety and reduce potential harms to patients by improving the appropriate use of clinical preventive services in primary health care practices.
  • University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus—Award: $1.5 million. The Center for Excellence in Research in Implementation Science and Prevention will involve primary care and public health experts to conduct research on how to increase use of preventive health services within primary health care settings while meeting national public health goals.

In addition, Abt Associates, Cambridge, MA, has received an award to help coordinate and evaluate the research being conducted at the three centers. Access more information about AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.

Current as of December 2011
Internet Citation: AHRQ awards $4.5 million to create clinical preventive services research centers: Research Activities, December 2011, No. 376. December 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/dec11/1211RA38.html