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AHCPR names first Child and Adolescent Health Scholar

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research has selected Joseph W. Thompson, M.D., M.P.H., as the Agency's first Child and Adolescent Health Scholar. Dr. Thompson will conduct and publish research on the quality of child and adolescent health services and work on the Child Health Quality Measurement Initiative.

Dr. Thompson's appointment at AHCPR will last 1 year, during which he will continue to serve as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Previously, he served as Assistant Vice President of Collaborative Research and New Measures Development at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) where he conducted assessments of HEDIS results for Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial populations. He also led NCQA's research support for consumer report card initiatives and quality measure development panels in pediatrics and in asthma. Previously, Dr. Thompson served within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion as Chief of Clinical Affairs and Fifth Luther Terry Fellow in Prevention Medicine, and as Program Director of the Put Prevention Into Practice project in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

Dr. Thompson received his B.A. from Hendrix College. He completed his Master of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Arkansas School of Medicine. AHCPR's Child and Adolescent Health Scholar appointment was made in partnership with the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. The partners helped search for candidates and select Dr. Thompson as the scholar.

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