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AHRQ announces availability of audiotapes from User Liaison Program workshops

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's User Liaison Program (ULP) coordinates and hosts workshops for State and local health officials. These workshops are designed to provide policymakers and other officials at the State and local levels with timely information on emerging and critical health care topics.

Audiotapes from a number of recent ULP workshops are listed below. All of the tapes are available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse; some of the tapes are free, and others are available for purchase. The tapes are listed in reverse chronological order (most recent first) according to workshop date. Please be sure to use the AV number when ordering.

Reducing Violence: Issues, Options and Opportunities for State Governments, February 7-9, 2000, Albuquerque, NM (AHRQ 00-AV09).
Designed to help State officials, particularly health officials, promote and support collaborative strategies to address violence and associated problems. Cost $25 per set.

Prescription Drug Coverage: What Can We Afford? How Do We Decide? January 10-12, 2000, Atlanta, GA (AHRQ 00-AV08).
Covers rising pharmaceutical costs; research on drug safety, quality of care, and appropriate pharmaceutical use; and strategies being used by States to make decisions about drug formularies, pharmacy benefits, and disease management programs. Cost $25 per set.

Designing Health Care Systems that Work for People with Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities, December 1-3, 1999, Houston, TX (AHRQ 00-AV07).
Focuses on State initiatives to improve the delivery of health and long-term care services to people with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Cost $25 per set.

Children with Special Health Care Needs: Developing Integrated Systems of Care, November 3-5, 1999, Independence, OH (AHRQ 00-AV06).
Describes the design, financing, and administration of health care programs for children, particularly those with special needs. Also covers complementary quality assurance programs. Free.

Health Care Workforce and the States: Issues, Options, and Consequences, October 18-20, 1999, Philadelphia, PA (AHRQ 00-AV05).
Provides an overview of issues that shape the health care workforce and the role of States in dealing with the issues. Free.

Managed Care, Medicine, and Public Health: Building Collaborations that Work, September 13-15, 1999, Portland, OR (AHRQ 99-AV13).
Discusses how State and local policymakers can foster collaboration between three groups of influential health system stakeholders: managed care, medicine, and public health. Free.

Improving the Outcomes of State Health and Human Service Initiatives: Integrating Substance Abuse and Mental Health Strategies, July 19-21, 1999, Albuquerque, NM (AHRQ 00-AV04).
Provides information on the nature of the mental health and substance abuse problems within the populations served by health and human services' programs; discusses the financing and delivery of MH/SA services, and examines the cutting-edge efforts of States to enhance outcomes by incorporating effective MH/SA strategies in broader public program initiatives. Free.

Using Evidence: Making Disease Management and Health Benefit Coverage Decisions, July 12-14, 1999, Nashville, TN (AHRQ 00-AV03).
Provides information to build the capacity of State and local governments to implement disease-management protocols and make evidence-based decisions. Free.

Providing Care to Diverse Populations: State Strategies for Promoting Cultural Competency in Health Systems, June 9-11, 1999, Charleston, SC (AHRQ 00-AV02).
Focuses on promoting cultural competency within State and local health care delivery systems and personnel to enhance health care services and access to services for diverse populations. Free.

SCHIP—What's Happening? What's Next? May 26-28, 1999, Portland, ME (AHRQ 99-AV10).
Reviews current research findings and offers case studies on implementation and evaluation of State CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) initiatives. Particularly useful for State officials who have oversight responsibility for SCHIP programs. Free.

New Directions in Long-term Care, April 14-16, 1999, Kansas City, KS (AHRQ 99-AV08).
Covers current State initiatives in long-term care and managed care, research related to long-term care policy and program priorities, and national assisted-living trends and models. Free.

The Uninsured and the Safety Net: Trends and Challenges, March 10-12, 1999, Los Angeles, CA (AHRQ 99-AV07).
Describes the uninsured population, examines the latest research findings on the uninsured, discusses factors that affect survival of safety net providers, examines innovative managed care programs for the medically indigent, discusses State strategies for expanding coverage to uninsured workers, and reviews key elements of proposed Federal tax reforms. Free.

Purchasing Health Care for Maximum Value, December 14-16, 1998, Asheville, North Carolina (AHRQ 99-AV04).
Describes the elements of a value-based purchasing system and the tools needed to create such a system; presents case studies of multi-State agency and public-private collaboration. Free.

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