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Performance Budget Submission for Congressional Justification

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Exhibit Y. Partnerships and Coordination

AHRQ is not able to accomplish its mission alone. Partnerships formed with agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, with other components of the Federal Government, with State and local governments and with private sector organizations play a critical role in enabling the Agency to achieve its goals.

Most of the Agency's partnerships are related to:

Development of New Research Knowledge

  • AHRQ co-funds individual research projects and sponsors joint research solicitations with agencies within HHS such as NIH, CDC, SAMHSA, and HRSA.
  • AHRQ co-funded research with the David and Lucille Packard Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Development of Tools, Measures, and Decision Support Mechanisms

  • HRSA and AARP partnered with AHRQ to develop the Put Prevention into Practice Personal Health Guide for Adults over 50.
  • An increasing number of agencies (such as NIH, CMS, and the VA) are working closely with AHRQ's Evidence-based Practice Centers to develop assessments of existing scientific evidence to guide their work.
  • Evidence reports are being used to develop clinical practice guidelines by organizations such as the American Psychiatric Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Academy of Physicians, the Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine, American Academy of Cardiology, and the American Heart Association.
  • The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) is a long standing public-private partnership between AHRQ and 22 partner states to build a multi-state data system.

Dissemination and Implementation

  • 14 companies/organizations have joined AHRQ in disseminating its Quality Navigational Tool designed to assist individuals apply research findings on quality measures and make major decisions regarding health plans, doctors, treatments, hospitals, and long-term care, e.g. Midwest Business Group on Health, IBM, United Parcel Service, the National Consumers League.
  • 14 organizations/companies have joined AHRQ in disseminating smoking cessation materials, e.g. American Cancer Society, American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan Department of Community Health and the Utah Tobacco Prevention and Control System.

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