The work of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is an invaluable resource for us at CPEHN and for everyone working on achieving equity in health. As the leading federal agency for health services research, AHRQ’s annual National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports provide some of the most comprehensive data available on how our health care system is performing, particularly in regards to communities of color.
But AHRQ is in peril. The recent appropriations bill from the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee has proposed to eliminate AHRQ. If this legislation advances, we would be left without a source of data that is essential to efforts to reduce inequities, improve quality, and reduce costs in our health care system.
But all hope is not lost for AHRQ! There is still time for you to take action and stop this legislation. You can share your support through this useful advocacy tool on AcademyHealth’s website. Every voice counts and your support could help save this vitally important resource.
The data available through AHRQ informs our work at CPEHN on an almost daily basis, and we have a number of AHRQ resources available on our website. AHRQ helps us identify inequities in a variety of health care quality measures, including: