Fiscal Year 2002 (continued)

Research on Children's Health: New Starts

Conferences and Meetings

Quality Measures for Children's Health Care: State of the Science and Practice—A Strategy Development Meeting, February 5-6, 2002.
Description: This invitational meeting was convened primarily for the community of public and private funders of quality measures for children's health care. Participants reviewed the progress made over the last several years in the development and implementation of quality measures for children's health care, and considered future directions in this critical area of research. The meeting was cosponsored by AHRQ, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Commonwealth Fund, the W.T. Grant Foundation, the American Board of Pediatrics Foundation, and other organizations.

First Annual Forum for Improving Children's Health Care, Tempe, AZ, March 12-13, 2002
Principal Investigator: Charles Homer, National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, Boston, MA
Grant No.: R13 HS12070 (01/15/02-01/14/03)
Description: This conference was convened to disseminate information about best practices and research findings related to quality improvement in children's health care, highlight successful evidence-based practice models and interventions, and create opportunities for new insights and learning.

Improving Care for Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, North Carolina, 2002
Principal Investigator: Charles Homer, National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality, Boston, MA
Grant No.: R13 HS12063 (11/07/01-11/06/02)
Description: AHRQ funded several meetings as part of a "Breakthrough Series Collaborative" designed to make major changes in the systems of care and outcomes for children with ADHD by promoting translation of evidence about the diagnosis and treatment of children with ADHD into clinical practice.

Otitis Media and Language Learning Sequelae, Arlington, VA, May 1-2, 2002
Principal Investigator: Joanne Roberts, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Grant No.: R13 HS12072 (01/15/02-01/14/03)
Description: This purpose of this conference was to use an evidence-based medicine model to review current research on the effects of otitis media on children's hearing and development (i.e., speech, language, cognition, behavior, and academic achievement), define gaps, discuss implications for health care practices, and identify future directions for research.

The Fourth Annual Child Health Services Research (CHSR) Meeting: At the Cutting Edge of Research and Policy, Washington, DC , June 22, 2002
Principal Investigator: Wendy Valentine, The Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy, Washington, D.C
Grant No.: R01 HS 08201 (11/01/01-6/30/03)
Description: This annual meeting focused on cutting edge research and policy. Plenary sessions highlighted a vision of the future of CHSR and sharpening the community focus of CHSR. Four tracks featured: (1) skill building, (2) cutting-edge research, (3) cutting-edge policies, and (4) call for panels. To view presentations, visit: The meeting was cosponsored by AHRQ, AcademyHealth, the American Academy of Pediatrics, The HSC Foundation and the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI). The Ambulatory Pediatric Association and HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau were collaborators.

Pediatric Disaster Preparedness and Response Conference, Washington, DC—January/February 2003
Principal Investigator: David Markenson, Columbia University, New York, NY
Grant No.: R13 HS92545 (09/30/02-06/03/03)
Description: This conference will develop consensus recommendations, delineate research methodologies and define a study on the needs of children in disasters. The goal is to build a coalition of experts and professional organizations from the fields of pediatrics, disaster planning, emergency medicine, emergency response, trauma, and mental health.

Critical Challenges in Developing and Applying Pediatric Health Status and Outcome Measures, Chicago, IL, March 24-25, 2003.
Principal Investigator: Lynn Olson, American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL.
Grant No.: R13 HS12078 (05/01/02-04/03/03)
Description: This invitational conference will bring together scholars and users to address both advances in the field of pediatric health status and outcome measurement, and barriers to application. The charge of the meeting is to consider the state-of-the art in pediatric patient-based measures (i.e., health status, quality of life, and functional outcomes).

Promoting Safety in Child and Adolescent Health Care, April/May 2003
Principal Investigator: James Perrin, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA
Grant No.: R13 HS92544 (09/30/02-08/31/03)
Description: This conference will examine current knowledge in patient safety in key sites providing child health care services (inpatient, emergency departments, and outpatient and community settings) and will address broad themes in child/adolescent patient safety, including areas of measurement, the role of parents, and racial and cultural disparities influencing safety.

User Liaison Program (ULP) Workshops with Senior State Officials

The User Liaison Program disseminates health services research findings through interactive workshops and technical assistance for State and local health policymakers and other health services users. Summaries of workshops are available on AHRQ's Web site at:

Improving Early Childhood Development: Promising Strategies for States and the Health Care System
Date: January 30-February 1, 2002
Place: Jacksonville, FL

Designing Systems of Care that Work for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Date: September 23-25, 2002
Place: Los Angeles, CA

*Project includes children or children's healthcare issues but does not focus exclusively on children.

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Current as of March 2003
Internet Citation: Fiscal Year 2002 (continued): Research on Children's Health: New Starts. March 2003. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.