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AHRQ awards new grants to primary care practice-based research networks

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has awarded developmental grants to 36 primary care practice-based research networks as part of an ongoing initiative. The awards total more than $3 million in the first year, with a combined 3-year total of more than $6 million. Primary care practice-based research networks are groups of primary care practices working together with academic researchers to answer community-based health care questions and to translate research findings into practice.

Many of the awards to newly formed networks will support the development of an information technology infrastructure to facilitate research and implementation of findings. Some of the awards will fund pilot research projects on such topics as optimal management of chronic diseases, the delivery of preventive services, community-based detection and response to emerging public health threats, and disparities in the health care of priority populations.

Although headquartered in 25 States, the networks receiving grants include primary care practices located in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, many serving minority and low-income patients as well as residents of underserved rural and urban areas.

The Agency also has recently awarded a contract to Indiana University at Indianapolis, in partnership with the Chicago-based National Opinion Research Center, for the establishment of a Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network Resource Center. The center will assess the developmental needs of individual networks and provide appropriate technical and consultative services. The center will support not only the 36 Agency-funded networks but also those networks to be awarded grants as part of an upcoming initiative cosponsored by AHRQ and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This multimillion-dollar initiative will fund the study of the networks' efforts to promote healthy behaviors among patients seen in primary care practices.

A list of the newly awarded grants—including the institution/organization, location, and first year award—follows:

  • University of Alabama, Birmingham; $150,000.
  • University of Arkansas, Little Rock; $49,059.
  • Community Health Center Network, Oakland, CA; $50,000.
  • University of California, Los Angeles; $49,997.
  • University of California, San Francisco; $100,000.
  • University of Southern California, Los Angeles; $49,788.
  • University of Colorado, Denver; $99,950.
  • Connecticut Primary Care Association, Hartford; $50,000.
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT; $50,000.
  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC; $50,000.
  • Medical College of Georgia, Augusta; $49,628.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL; $149,997.
  • University of Iowa, Iowa City; $149,486.
  • American Academy of Family Physicians, Leawood, KS; $149,811.
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington; $50,000.
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; $47,777.
  • Cambridge Medical Care Foundation, Cambridge, MA; $50,000.
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI; $49,916.
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; $149,053.
  • Washington University, St. Louis, MO; $50,000.
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; $148,239.
  • Duke University, Durham, NC; $147,637.
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; $149,982.
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; $50,000.
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Cincinnati, OH; $50,000.
  • University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City; $149,473.
  • Oregon Health & Science University, Portland; $49,810.
  • American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA; $149,800.
  • Children's Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; $50,000.
  • Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA; $150,000.
  • Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Springfield, PA; $149,060.
  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; $100,000.
  • Scott and White Memorial Hospital, Temple, TX, $49,920.
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association, McLean, VA; $50,000.
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; $50,000.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison; $48,104

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