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Abstracts for the 6th annual "Building Bridge" conference are due in mid-November

Atlanta, GA, will be the site of the sixth annual Building Bridges Research Conference, which will be held April 6-7, 2000, at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. The Building Bridges Conference series—jointly presented by the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP), the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—is a collaborative initiative that brings together the managed care and health services research communities.

The theme of this year's conference is "The Road to Quality Care: Using Research to Drive Quality Improvement." Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and learn from leaders in health services research, academia, government, and managed care organizations on the effective translation of research findings—from clinical, health services, and translational research—into health care delivery improvements.

The conference planning committee is currently soliciting papers for oral and poster session presentations. Interested professionals working in clinical or health services research are invited to submit abstracts detailing their research. The committee is primarily interested in papers that provide quantitative or qualitative data on outcomes and/or results of specific projects or programs, rather than descriptive, narrative presentations.

Abstracts are due November 15, 1999. Topics for the call for papers include:

  • Eliminating missed opportunities for prevention.
  • Demonstrating return on investment.
  • Using health services research to define performance measurement goals and promote accountability.
  • Research on special topics (including children's health, mental health, alternative medicine, ethnic disparities, and behavioral changes to promote health and wellness).

In addition, there is a general category for poster sessions; abstracts submitted for poster presentations need not address one of the specified topics, but may reflect work in broader areas of interest to conference attendees.

Abstract submission forms and instructions are available in the preliminary conference brochure. To request a copy of the brochure, contact AAHP at (202) 778-3222 or send an E-mail to Jill Arent, the conference coordinator, at Jarent@aahp.org.

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