AHRQ Issues Funding Notice

The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) https://www.ahrq.gov within HHS posted the Funding Opportunity Notice (FOA) “Using Data Analytics to Support Primary Care and Community Interventions to Improve Chronic Disease Prevention and Management and Population Health” (RFA-HS-19-002) on March 20, 2019.

The agency is seeking applicants from universities, colleges, private institutions, non-profits, state, county, city governments, plus other eligible categories.  The estimated total program funding has not been announced but the award ceiling is $666,500 with the closing date for applications to be May 29, 2019.

The FOA seeks applications to promote health equity and improve the health of individuals and populations at risk for suboptimal health outcomes. This may occur by using primary care and community interventions to address conditions including prevention and management of multiple chronic conditions.

The goal is to develop data resources, apply health service research methodologies and present data analytics to primary care providers, provide effective healthcare delivery systems, and work with public health departments, and/or community organizations.

The data resources will help address how Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) can contribute to the delivery of care to the whole person that meets physical, behavioral, and oral health, as well as social service needs.

To address SDOH effectively, applicants targeting primary care interventions should propose to develop easy-to-access data, analyses, analytic tools, and/or data-driven protocols so primary care providers will be able to manage patients at high risk for preventable disease or disease progression.

One way would be to create a primary care data dashboard to include SDOH data into health information systems so that practices would be able to make better population health management decisions.

Applicants targeting community interventions should develop data and analytics to better understand patterns of chronic disease. For example, applicants could consider identifying geographic areas of higher rates of uncontrolled diabetes for community planners to use. This way, outreach workers would be able to develop safe exercise spaces, introduce healthy eating education, and develop recreational, and nutritional outreach programs.

Go to http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HS-19-002.html for more information on the grants notice.

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