APA Health Disparities Initiative awarded AHRQ grant

Funding will enable development of the Best Practices Dissemination Network

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded APA a grant in the amount of $98,300 per year for three years, to develop the APA Best Practices Dissemination Network (BPDN), as part of APA's strategic initiative on reducing health disparities. The primary purpose of APA BPDN is the dissemination of existing knowledge about health care options (i.e., treatments, interventions and preventive services) for tobacco dependence that is patient- and community-centered and works best for health priority populations. Included in the grant is support to develop an app that will provide information on smoking and tobacco use in health priority populations.

Some of the specific aims of the project include: 

  • Establishing and maintaining an ongoing collaborative infrastructure network within the APA for the dissemination of patient-centered, evidence-based outcomes research focused on health priority needs of underserved population.

  • Designing and implementing a dissemination campaign on tobacco dependence targeted to psychologists and other association members who (a) provide direct care and services, (b) are engaged in education, training and professional development and (c) are responsible for program and policy development.