EvidenceNOW - An AHRQ Initiative

EvidenceNOW is focusing on helping primary care practices use the latest evidence to improve the heart health of Americans, and it is one of the largest initiatives funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

ESCALATES is the national evaluation for EvidenceNOW. The ESCALATES team is studying which practice supports and quality improvement strategies are most effective across the seven regional cooperatives participating in this initiative.


Delivery of Colorectal and Cervical Cancer Screenings During the Pandemic in Community Health Centers

Background: We identify how CHCs adapted cancer preventive care to the COVID-19 context, and the changes employed to realign care with cancer prevention guidelines using data from two hundred seventeen community health centers located in 13 states and 29 semi structured interviews from 13 community health centers. Useful findings: Delivery of colorectal and cervical cancer screenings declined at the onset…

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BRIDGE-C2 Diversity Fellowship Update: Halfway Mark

Hey everyone! My name is Derek, and I am currently an NIH Diversity Fellow working under Drs. Huguet and Milano. I can’t believe I am already halfway through my fellowship! In the last six months, I have been able to further my understanding of cancer disparities affecting the gender-diverse community through my projects with researchers…

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COVID-19 Affected Tobacco Assessment and Assistance Provided in Community Health Centers

BACKGROUND: Use of tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It disproportionately impacts people who experience socioeconomic disadvantages. How did tobacco screening change in community health centers during the COVID-19 pandemic? Researchers from BRIDGE-C2 analyzed health record data from 217 primary care clinics from January 2019 through July 2021….

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Burden of Complications for CHC Patients with Diabetes

Background Diabetes-related complications may lead to greater health problems or death in patients with diabetes. Economically and socially vulnerable patients often receiving care at community health centers are at an increased risk for developing diabetes and diabetes complications. Understanding the prevalence of acute and chronic complications among these patients with diabetes, and the risk factors…

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Association of Parent Preventive Care with their Child’s Recommended Well-Child Visits

Background Yearly well-child visits are recommended, yet many children do not receive well-child care as advised. This study estimated the association of parental preventive service receipt on their child’s well-child visits among patients seen in community health centers. Useful Findings Children had a 6% greater rate of yearly well-child visits when their mother received preventive…

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Prescriptions of New Generation of Diabetes Medication Increased More in Medicaid Expansion States Compared to Non-expansion States Following Implementation of the ACA

Background Most patients with diabetes mellitus are prescribed medications to control their blood glucose. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) led to improved access to healthcare for patients with diabetes. However, the impact of the ACA on medication use among patients with diabetes is less clear. This study assessed if long-acting insulin and…

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