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AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE POLICY AND RESEARCH TO SPONSOR WORKSHOP

 AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE POLICY AND RESEARCH TO SPONSOR WORKSHOP
 The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) is sponsoring a two-day technical assistance workshop for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), May 18-19, at the Pooks Hill Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, Md. The workshop is expected to help strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to compete effectively for grants and contracts awarded by AHCPR and other public health service agencies.
 AHCPR supports investigator-initiated research to improve disadvantaged populations' access to health services and to enhance the quality, appropriateness and effectiveness of health care. The agency also supports research on other issues affecting the delivery of health care.
 Current and projected mortality statistics for blacks and other minority populations warrant further research to better understand the underlying issues affecting health care delivery to underserved populations in rural and inner city areas and the outcomes of their medical care. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and minority institutions as a whole, could play a stronger role in this research, but their involvement has been minor due to limited resources and the need for capacity building.
 The workshop is the third in a series of technical assistance meetings sponsored by AHCPR. This program follows a 1988 Executive Order from the White House seeking initiatives to strengthen and expand opportunities for HBCUs to participate in federal programs. Two similar workshops were conducted in 1991 in California and North Carolina. The agency is the only federal agency sponsoring workshops that specifically target all 117 HBCUs. Another workshop is scheduled for July 15-17 at the Marriott Hotel in Chicago for minority researchers, including blacks, Hispanics, Asian and Native Americans and Pacific Islanders. The purpose is to introduce minority researchers to AHCPR and encourage the submission of grant proposals addressing health services and patient outcomes research.
 CONTACT: Bob Isquith of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, 301-227-8370.
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