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AHRQ Awards New Grants to Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks

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New Information from AHRQ: October 17, 2002

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality announces the award of developmental grants to 36 Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks as part of an ongoing initiative. The awards will total over $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. Further information about the networks is available at

Many of the awards to newly formed networks will support the development of information technology infrastructure to facilitate research and implementation of findings. Some of the awards also 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 (especially rural residents and racial/ethnic minorities). While 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 co-sponsored by AHRQ and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This multi-million-dollar initiative will fund the study of the networks' efforts to promote healthy behaviors among patients seen in primary care practices.

A list of awards by state follows:

Primary Care Practice-Based Research Networks Awards

Institution City, State 1st Year Award
University of Alabama Birmingham, AL $150,000
University of Arkansas Little Rock, AR $49,059
Community Health Center Network Oakland, CA $50,000
University of California Los Angeles, CA $49,997
University of California San Francisco, CA $100,000
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA $49,788
University of Colorado Denver, CO $99,950
Connecticut Primary Care Association Hartford, CT $50,000
Yale University New Haven, CT $50,000
Georgetown University Washington, DC $50,000
Medical College of Georgia Augusta, GA $49,628
American Academy of Pediatrics Elk Grove Village, IL $149,997
University of Iowa Iowa City, IA $149,486
American Academy of Family Physicians Leawood, KS $149,811
University of Kentucky Lexington, KY $50,000
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, LA $47,777
Cambridge Medical Care Foundation Cambridge, MA $50,000
Wayne State University Detroit, MI $49,916
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN $149,053
Washington University St. Louis, MO $50,000
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM $148,239
Duke University Durham, NC $147,637
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC $149,982
Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH $50,000
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Cincinnati, OH $50,000
University of Oklahoma Oklahoma City, OK $149,473
Oregon Health & Science University Portland, OR $49,810
American College of Physicians (ACP-ASIM) Philadelphia, PA $149,800
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA $50,000
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh 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, WI $50,000
University of Wisconsin Madison, WI $48,104
Total:   $3,136,487

For more information, please contact AHRQ Public Affairs, (301) 427-1364: Farah Englert, (301) 427-1865 (


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