Meeting and Panel Support for AHRQ


Whether it’s paying bills, ordering pizza, or setting our fantasy football lineup, there’s almost nothing we can’t do effectively online…with the notable exception of managing our health.  There is a ton of information out on the web, but that makes it difficult to know what’s vetted and applicable.

Dr. Kuang-Yi Wen’s research project aims to change that.  In 2011, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) awarded Dr. Wen, of Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center, a five-year grant for her project “MyHealthPortal: Using an Electronic Portal to Empower Patients with Breast Cancer.”  This is one example of the many Career Development Awards granted by AHRQ in recent years.  Since 2011, NCC has had the privilege of playing a role in facilitating these grant awards by providing AHRQ’s Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations (OEREP)  with comprehensive meeting and panel support.

Our team has provided OEREP with a variety of conference management services including logistical coordination for peer review meetings, meeting website development, venue selection and booking, name badge/signage production, and on-site AV support.  On the day of events, our team registers attendees, assists with technical needs, and facilitates transportation when the meeting ends.

NCC supports more than two dozen events each year for AHRQ.  This includes five study sections which occur three times per year and are attended by a panel of experts dedicated to reviewing and scoring all grant applications.  The study sections conduct peer reviews of grant applications in Healthcare Systems and Value Research (HSVR), Healthcare Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (HEOR), Healthcare Information Technology Research (HITR), Healthcare Research Training (HCRT), and Healthcare Safety and Quality Improvement Research (HSQR).  We also support Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) meetings, which feature a group of experts in fields related to healthcare research who conduct, on an as-needed basis, scientific reviews of applications for OEREP support.

AHRQ was founded in 1989 and works within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The Agency’s mission is to “produce evidence to make healthcare safe, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable.”  OEREP’s role is to administer the scientific review process for grants and contracts, conduct agency training programs, assess proposed and ongoing research demonstrations, and support and manage health services research for priority populations.

NCC is proud to take part in coordinating the process of grant application peer reviews as we’ve been continually making communication and collaboration happen® for AHRQ for the last half decade, and look forward to providing reliable support to the Agency for years to come.