Health Services Research Working Group

Working Group Description:

Health services research is the multidisciplinary field of scientific investigation that studies how social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and personal behaviors affect access to health care, the quality and cost of health care, and ultimately our health and well-being. The goal of the working group is to 1) enhance members understanding of health services research and how it may reinforce members’ individual missions and 2) provide shared resources for member organizations who are funding in this area.

Co-Chairs:
In 2018, the Health Services Research Working Group is being chaired by:

  • Lynne Garner, Trustee and President, The Donaghue Foundation
  • Margaret Flowers, Associate Director, Grants and Scientific Communications, Breast Cancer Research Foundation

At the March 2018 members meeting, the working group met with the goal of Identifying two or three specific activities that can be done by the group for HRA in 2018 that will 1) enhance members understanding of health services research and how it may reinforce members’ individual missions and/or 2) provide shared resources for member organizations who are funding in this area

Notes from that were taken from the session are available here.

Based on the discussion, Margaret and Lynne suggest that we have two action groups to work on the following:

  1. Develop case studies of how HSR extends the benefit of biomed research to provide greater clarity of what HSR is and the role it plays in supporting biomedical research.
  2. Provide a file of resources of program descriptions, announcements, applications, etc for members who are already offering HSR in their grant program or who are considering adding it.

Anyone interested in joining either of these action groups should contact Lynne or Margaret. Webinars will be organized within a few weeks to discuss a plan to work on each of these activities.

Thanks to everyone who attended that March working group session and added your ideas to the discussion!