By Robert Otto Valdez PhD MHSA – It has been just four months since joining President Biden’s Administration as Director of AHRQ. What a whirlwind! The meetings, budgeting execution and planning, and programmatic planning sessions have kept my talented colleagues and me extremely busy.
By Robert Otto Valdez PhD MHSA – After many decades of admiring AHRQ—its mission, work, and people—I am deeply honored to lead this organization. I have devoted my career to advocating for a healthcare system that delivers everyone the best possible patient care.
By Pamela Owens PhD & David Meyers MD – At the core of the AHRQ’s vision is the idea that we must learn from how healthcare is delivered today to improve how healthcare is delivered tomorrow. One way in which we achieve this vision is by using data and analytics to provide health system leaders, clinicians, and policymakers with information to drive healthcare improvement.
By Arlene S. Bierman MD MS – As our nation struggles to respond to the ever evolving COVID-19 pandemic, an equally devastating but stealthy health crisis is upon us: the high prevalence and increasing numbers of people of all ages living with multiple chronic conditions.
By Cindy Brach MPP – “Research clearly shows that when patients communicate effectively with their healthcare team, clinical care and outcomes improve,” AHRQ Acting Director David Meyers recently noted. Everyone—no matter how educated—appreciates and can benefit from clear communication.
By Members of AHRQ’s National Advisory Council – As vaccines for COVID-19 are being deployed across the country, there is much hope that, Delta variant notwithstanding, we will eventually overcome a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic.
By David Meyers MD, Francis Chesley MD, & Kamila Mistry PhD MPH – We as a country are facing a critical moment in grappling with the legacies of racism and inequality that cut across our society. We at AHRQ are acutely aware of the enduring racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and geographic disparities embedded in our healthcare system.
By Arlene S. Bierman MD MS & David Meyers MD – During American Heart Month, we’re reminded that heart disease remains the Nation’s leading killer—claiming more than 600,000 lives each year and imposing considerable distress to millions of American families.
By Cindy Brach, MPP & Arlene S. Bierman, MD, MS – When healthcare consumers are unable find, understand, and use information to inform decisions about their care, the consequences can be dire.