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AHCPR ESTABLISHES RURAL CENTERS

 WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) announced that it has established centers in upstate New York, North Carolina, Colorado and two other areas to conduct short-term studies aimed at improving the quality, effectiveness, appropriateness and outcomes of health services for rural Americans.
 "These new rural centers will be an important source of information for health care reform," said J. Jarrett Clinton, M.D., administrator of AHCPR, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Public Health Service. According to Clinton, AHCPR has earmarked up to $12.5 million to fund rural health centers over the next five years.
 Initially, the centers will examine managed health care reform and rural areas; disabled persons' access to primary health care services; adolescent pregnancy and pregnancy prevention; health care for persons with HIV infection; diagnoses commonly treated in rural hospitals; and patient outcomes research questions in rural areas for racial/ethnic populations. Those studies will be completed in 12 to 18 months.
 Future studies may involve other preventive service issues as well as ones relating to technology and quality assessment, long-term care, home care and chronic care, care of children and adolescents and regulatory issues.
 The five AHCPR Rural Centers are:
 State University of New York at Buffalo, New York Rural Health University Research Consortium, Buffalo, N.Y., Thomas Rosenthal, Ph.D., principal investigator; Jere Wysong, Ph.D., co-principal investigator.
 Subcontractors: Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.; HMS Associates, Getzville, N.Y.; Codman Research Group, Lebanon, N.H.; Human Interaction Research Institute, Los Angeles.
 University of North Carolina, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, Chapel Hill, N.C., Thomas C. Ricketts, Ph.D., principal investigator.
 Subcontractors: University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.; University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton, N.J.; Thomas Jefferson Health Policy Institute, Charlottesville, Va.; Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle Park, N.C.
 University of Minnesota, Institute for Health Services Research, School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Ira Moscovice, Ph.D., principal investigator; Robert Kane, M.D., co-principal investigator.
 Subcontractors: Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, Minneapolis, and the Ramsey Foundation, St. Paul, Minn.
 Center for Health Policy Research, Denver, Peter W. Shaughnessy, Ph.D., principal investigator; Robert E. Schlenker, Ph.D., co-principal investigator.
 Subcontractors: University of Colorado, Denver; University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.; The Ambulatory Sentinel Practice Network, Denver; Statewide Education Activities for Rural Colorado's Health, Denver.
 University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle, Edward B. Perrin, Ph.D., principal investigator; L. Gary Hart, Ph.D., co-principal investigator.
 Subcontractors: University of Alaska at Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska; Washington State University, Pullman, Wash.; Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Ore.; Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho; Project Hope, Bethesda, Md.; Seattle Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Seattle.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Isquith of the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, 301-594-1364, ext. 173/


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