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Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ)

AHRQ is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, which supports research and is designed to improve the outcomes and quality of healthcare. Additionally, the organization seeks to reduce costs, address patient safety and medical errors and broaden access to effective services. The AHRQ conducts and sponsors research, which helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of healthcare services. Director Carolyn N. Clancy, MD, leads the agency. 

The Agency's mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

AHRQ defines Quality Indicators to measure healthcare quality based on readily available hospital inpatient administrative data. The indicators consist of four modules that measure various aspects of quality. They include prevention quality indicators, in-patient quality indicators, patient safety indicators and pediatric quality indicators. 

For more on healthcare information; information for patients, consumers, professionals; research, trends and data; funding and grants; offices and programs; news and events visit Website

For more grant information visit AHRQ GrantsAHRQ Grants in Oklahoma

For more information about other U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Agencies click here.


 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Created in 1984, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. The Task Force works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about clinical preventive services such as screenings, counseling services, and preventive medications. All recommendations are published on the Task Force’s Web site and/or in a peer-reviewed journal.

Task Force members come from the fields of preventive medicine and primary care, including internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, and nursing. Their recommendations are based on a rigorous review of existing peer-reviewed evidence and are intended to help primary care clinicians and patients decide together whether a preventive service is right for a patient's needs.

The Task Force assigns each recommendation a letter grade (an A, B, C, or D grade or an I statement) based on the strength of the evidence and the balance of benefits and harms of a preventive service. The recommendations apply only to people who have no signs or symptoms of the specific disease or condition under evaluation, and the recommendations address only services offered in the primary care setting or services referred by a primary care clinician.

Since 1998, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has been authorized by the U.S. Congress to convene the Task Force and to provide ongoing scientific, administrative, and dissemination support to the Task Force.

Each year, the Task Force makes a report to Congress that identifies critical evidence gaps in research related to clinical preventive services and recommends priority areas that deserve further examination. More information on these reports is available here.

Final Recommendation Statement - Suicide Risk in Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults in Primary Care

USPSTF Recommendation Statement Suicide Screening


 The National Prevention Council (NPC)


Helping Public Health and Primary Care work together to improve population health.


Medical Schools and Graduate Public Health Programs Add “Practical Playbook” To Curriculum as Population Health Resource 

Durham, NC – “A Practical Playbook: Public Health & Primary Care Together” is marking a successful first year of work to promote and facilitate collaboration between partners in public health, primary care, and academia. “A Practical Playbook” was founded by the de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Over the last year, medical schools and graduate level public health programs have adopted “A Practical Playbook,” incorporating it into their population health curricula. It has also become a valued resource for public health practitioners at local, state, and federal health agencies. Organizations including the American Association of Family Physicians, the Institute of Medicine, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health have lauded “A Practical Playbook” and are committed to supporting its goal of improving population health by fostering greater collaboration between primary care and public health. 

“The fundamental paradox of health care in America is that we devote our time, resources, and attention to what happens inside a hospital and health system even though we would have much greater results – and a much healthier country – if we had a broader focus that included social and environmental factors,” said Edward L. Hunter, CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “I applaud the institutions that are shaping the next generation of doctors, nurses, and public health practitioners for giving their students the tools they need to meaningfully address the burden of chronic disease in the United States.”

he National Prevention Strategy, released June 16, 2011, aims to guide our nation in the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well-being. The Strategy prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health and save lives.

Need a briefing? Interested in an interview? Send an email to practicalplaybook@duke.edu.


Rural Assistance Center (RAC)

RAC provides health and human services information for rural America.  Website provides online library search for Funding Opportunities, Topics & States, and Tips for Success.


Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC site http://www.cdc.gov/chinav/ is an excellent resource for CHIOs that are beginning to plan strategies for cardiovascular risk management as part of the H2O Project.

The CDC is the leading national public health institute of the United States. The CDC is a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services and is headquartered in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, a few miles northeast of the Atlanta city limits.[3][4][5]

Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability. The CDC focuses national attention on developing and applying disease control and prevention. It especially focuses its attention on infectious diseasefood borne pathogensenvironmental healthoccupational safety and health,health promotioninjury prevention and educational activities designed to improve the health of United States citizens. In addition, the CDC researches and provides information on non-infectious diseases such as obesity and diabetes and is a founding member of the International Association of National Public Health Institutes.[6]

Mission - CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same.

CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

CDC's Role:

  • Detecting and responding to new and emerging health threats
  • Tackling the biggest health problems causing death and disability for Americans
  • Putting science and advanced technology into action to prevent disease
  • Promoting healthy and safe behaviors, communities and environment
  • Developing leaders and training the public health workforce, including disease detectives
  • Taking the health pulse of our nation

CDC in the 21st Century:

  • On the cutting edge of health security – confronting global disease threats through advanced computing and lab analysis of huge amounts of data to quickly find solutions.
  • Putting science into action – tracking disease and finding out what is making people sick and the most effective ways to prevent it.
  • Helping medical care – bringing new knowledge to individual health care and community health to save more lives and reduce waste.
  • Fighting diseases before they reach our borders – detecting and confronting new germs and diseases around the globe to increase our national security.
  • Nurturing public health - building on our significant contribution to have strong, well-resourced public health leaders and capabilities at national, state and local levels to protect Americans from health threats.

To learn more about about CDC funding, policies, leadership and reports visit www.cdc.gov


Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)

Tens of millions of Americans get affordable health care and other help through HRSA's 90-plus programs and more than 3,000 grantees.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care by strengthening the health care workforce, building healthy communities and achieving health equity.  HRSA’s programs provide health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.

This includes people living with HIV/AIDS, pregnant women, mothers, and their families and those in need of high quality primary health care.  HRSA also supports the training of health professionals, the distribution of providers to areas where they are needed most and improvements in health care delivery.

HRSA oversees organ, bone marrow and cord blood donation. It compensates individuals harmed by vaccination, and maintains databases that protect against health care malpractice, waste, fraud and abuse.

Since 1943 the agencies that were HRSA precursors have worked to improve the health of needy people. HRSA was created in 1982, when the Health Resources Administration and the Health Services Administration were merged.


Healthy Communities, Healthy People


To improve health and achieve health equity through access to quality services, a skilled health workforce and innovative programs.


Goal 1: Improve Access to Quality Care and Services.
Goal 2:
 Strengthen the Health Workforce.
Goal 3:
 Build Healthy Communities.
Goal 4:
 Improve Health Equity.
Goal 5: Strengthen HRSA Program Management and Operations

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS)

CMS covers 100 million people...through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. But coverage isn't our only goal. To achieve a high quality health care system, we also aim for better care at lower costs and improved health.

But we can't and we don't do it alone. We need your help to find the way forward to a better health care system for all Americans.

Learn more about how we can help each other so all Americans have access to coverage, better care, and improved health.

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