Grant applications requested that focus on health care for priority populations

Research Activities, June 2011, No. 370

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has issued two special emphasis notices with an interest in research on priority populations and health issues of minority women. The Agency encourages grant applications that propose research that focuses on the health care for priority populations with specific emphasis in the following areas:

  • Explaining disparities in health care and clinical practice.
  • Implementation of research and interventions that aim to reduce disparities in priority populations and setting.
  • Addressing known gaps in research dealing with priority populations.
  • Development of methods to address the heterogeneity of priority populations, small sample sizes, and improved outcomes for priority populations in AHRQ-sponsored research.
  • Research on cross-cutting issues involving multiple priority population groups and settings (for example, disabled children, minority women, rural maternal and child health, etc).
  • Development of innovative service delivery models for settings in which priority populations receive care.

The notices can be viewed at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HS-11-014.html.

The request for grant proposals focused on health issues of minority women encourages grant applications that propose research that focuses on minority women in health services research. This focus on a dual priority population is designed to improve clinical practice; improve the health care system's ability to provide access to and deliver high quality, high-value health care; and provide policymakers with the ability to assess the impact of system changes on outcomes, quality, access to, cost, and use of health care services.

Research lags in its ability to analyze the health services to women and minorities, especially when examining the cross-cutting issue of health issues affecting minority women. For example, primary outcomes may not be powered for subgroup analyses or recruitment strategies are not designed to focus on and attain subpopulation samples that are sufficient for subgroup analysis.

In addition, the Institute of Medicine report on women's health research noted that racial and ethnic minority women have been underrepresented in many studies and as a result, generalizing findings is extremely limited.

Current as of June 2011
Internet Citation: Grant applications requested that focus on health care for priority populations: Research Activities, June 2011, No. 370. June 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/news/newsletters/research-activities/jun11/0611RA36.html