AHRQ's Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships announced plans on September 1, 2009 to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The program is looking for community-based research on using communication and information focused technologies to help provide health related services to older adults.
This initiative to be done over five years has three broad strategic themes:
• Use IT to help extend independence and functioning and also to reduce unnecessary healthcare use by older adults
• Use IT to place the individual and families at the center of expanded and more efficient service delivery networks
• Develop innovative approaches to translate evidence generated in the first two thematic areas into practice
The goal is to develop tools, conduct demonstration projects, provide for educational program development and implementation, and evaluate and disseminate the results. The idea is for the cooperative agreement to support a broad integrated, multidisciplinary, multi-project health services research program and bring together experienced teams and new researchers.
The FOA is expected to be published by the end of calendar year 2009. AHRQ is unable to provide additional specific information on its content until the FOA is published. General inquiries can be emailed to Angela Lavanderos, Angela.Lavanderos@ahrq.hhs.gov at the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships.