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Nominations invited for AHCPR Child Health Scholar

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research is seeking applicants for our Scholar-in-Residence in Child and Adolescent Health. The selected scholar will have the opportunity to work closely with AHCPR's senior management and staff and will undertake at least one research project that will result in one or more papers for publication and/or presentation. In addition, the scholar will benefit from the opportunity to be in the midst of Federal policymaking related to health services research on health care for children and adolescents.

After completing the program at AHCPR, the scholar is expected to return to his or her home institution and provide enhanced leadership in child health services research. AHCPR's partners in this announcement are the Ambulatory Pediatrics Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Society of Pediatric Department Chairs, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine.

AHCPR's current scholar in residence is Joseph Thompson, M.D., FAAP. Dr. Thompson's home institution is the University of Arkansas. Applications for the next appointment are due June 30, 1999, with a decision to be made in August 1999 for a preferred January 2000 start date. Print copies of the announcement, Scholar-in-Residence in Child and Adolescent Health (AHCPR Publication No. 99-P019), are available from the AHCPR Publications Clearinghouse.

AHCPR is co-sponsoring the first-of-its-kind meeting on Children's Health Services Research on June 26, 1999, in Chicago, IL. This is a premeeting being held in conjunction with the Association for Health Services Research annual conference, which begins the next day. The meeting will enable participants to learn about new research methodologies and tools; discuss the latest research findings that affect clinical, management, and policy decisions; investigate and respond to funding priorities; and network with colleagues in the children's health services research field. In addition to plenary sessions focusing on the field, the state of the science in children's health services research, and congressional interest in the field, stimulating breakout sessions will focus on building research capacity via training and research networks; uses of research findings in policymaking; and funding opportunities, including grantsmanship and a mock study section. A reception follows the meeting.

Other co-sponsors of the meeting are the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Association for Health Services Research. Major funding for the meeting comes from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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