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Health Serv Res. 2007 February; 42(1 Pt 1): ix–xii.
PMCID: PMC1955240

AcademyHealth Update

Call for AcademyHealth Awards

Each year AcademyHealth seeks nominations for its prestigious awards. Recognized at the Annual Research Meeting (ARM) in June, these awards are presented to individuals who have made an impact on the field of HSR. Nominations are due Thursday, March 1 for the following awards:

  • Distinguished Investigator Award—recognizes individuals who have made a significant and long-lasting contribution to the field of health services research.
  • Alice S. Hersh New Investigator Award—recognizes scholars early in their careers as health services researchers who show exceptional promise for future contributions.
  • Article-of-the-Year Award—recognizes the best scientific work that the fields of health services research and health policy have produced and published during the previous calendar year.
  • Dissertation Award—honors an outstanding scientific contribution from a doctoral thesis in health services research.

Learn more at

Call for Nominations—AcademyHealth Board of Directors

Help ensure that AcademyHealth's leadership reflects the profession and represents your interests. Nominate candidates for the 2007 Board of Directors elections!

AcademyHealth's Nominating Committee values diversity across disciplines, geography, gender, and race/ethnicity. For complete information on Board responsibilities, nomination criteria, and to submit an online nomination, please visit

International Health Study Tours—United Kingdom, April 28–May 4, 2007

Join AcademyHealth as we set out for an unprecedented opportunity to stimulate new ways to think about specific health policy issues and learn from international experts that are grappling with similar challenges. The first tour, led by AcademyHealth President W. David Helms, Ph.D. in partnership with the National Health Service (NHS) Confederation, will be to the United Kingdom. Participants will have the opportunity to meet with leading experts and high-level policy makers in a small-group setting where critical issues facing the U.K. will be addressed. In addition to general briefing sessions, including an overview of the U.K. health system, funding the NHS, and the use of health systems research in the U.K., the tour will address important issues relevant to U.S. participants, including:

  • What has been the U.K.'s experience in implementing pay-for-performance and transparency initiatives?
  • How is evidence used in benefit design, and what role does the newly created National Institute for Clinical Effectiveness (NICE) play?
  • How has the U.K. changed its orientation from an acute care model to a primary care model that includes chronic disease and mental health coverage?
  • What lessons has the U.K. learned from the development of the largest government-funded HIT system in the world?

The tours will include health services researchers and policy professionals, health plan executives, administrators, and federal and state government officials. A maximum of 15 participants will be accepted for each tour. Register early to reserve your spot.

View the Web site at for more on registration fees, a preliminary agenda, and travel information.

Next Stop! Germany, October 13–19, 2007. Watch for upcoming tour details.

Health Policy in Action!

Looking for a chance to get off of the Hill and experience the impact of your decisions first-hand? AcademyHealth and Kaiser Permanente are pleased to announce Health Policy in Action!, a new “reverse fellowship” for federal health policy professionals. Designed for mid- to senior-level federal employees, this program will help participants better understand and evaluate the effects of federal health policy and decision making on state, local, and community health care organizations.

As a fellow, you will develop a program around your policy priorities and interests and study in residence at health care organizations outside of the Washington DC metropolitan area. The opportunity to better understand the impact of national health policy on state, local, and community organizations providing health care services will broaden your “real-world” perspective and inform your decision making. Whether you work for an agency, a congressional committee, or a Member of Congress, the lessons learned through your experience will broaden your employer's knowledge base and help you better support its core functions and mission.

For more information on the fellowship, visit or gro.htlaehymedaca@noitcaph

Orlando to Host the 2007 ARM

Join health services researchers and key health decision makers at the 2007 ARM, June 3–5 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Orlando. The ARM provides a forum for tackling the serious challenges confronting our health care delivery system, as well as an opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research, discuss timely health policy issues, develop new research skills, and meet with colleagues who share your research interests.

This year's meeting agenda will feature 21 themes covering the gamut of health services research. Several theme titles have been modified to broaden the scope of research, and two new themes have been added. The new themes are “Comparative Effectiveness & Technology Assessment” and “Consumer Decision-making.”


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For updates, visit

Seminars in Health Services Research Methods

Full day seminars in Health Services Research Methods will be offered in conjunction with the ARM. The 2007 seminars permit in-depth instruction and discussion of state-of-the-art research methodologies.

Saturday, June 2—10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

  • The Healthcare Cost & Utilization Project (HCUP): Data & Tools for Health Services & Policy Analyses.
  • Introduction to Hierarchical Modeling for Health Services Research.
  • Introduction to Bayesian Methods.

Wednesday, June 6—8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

  • Estimation of Models with Endogenous Explanatory Variables.
  • Introduction to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) Data: Overview of the NHANES Web-tutorial and NHANES Ill Linked Data Sets.

For course descriptions and more information, visit

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