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HSC’s Patricia Adkins Asks the Federal Coordinating Council to Include Public Health as a Priority in its Recommendations

The Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research held a public listening session on April 14, 2009, in Washington D.C. The council heard public comment regarding comparative effectiveness research and the Coordinating Council’s activities.

Patricia Adkins, the Home Safety Council’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Policy, attended the listening session and submitted comments discussing HSC’s mission, as well as a call to action that the Federal Coordinating Council include public health as a priority, with a specific focus on the evidence-based research within the injury and violence prevention and response community, when it makes its recommendations to the President, the Congress and the Federal agencies.

The 15-member council, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will assist the agencies of the federal government, including HHS and the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, as well as others, to coordinate comparative effectiveness and related health services research. The Recovery Act appropriated $300 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, $400 million for the National Institutes of Health, and $400 million for allocation at the discretion of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to support comparative effectiveness research.

To read Patricia’s written submission, click here.

To watch the webcast, click here.

To read press materials related to the listening session, click here.

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