JULY 12, 2006 | A grant of almost $500,000 will be used to develop the Consortium for Health Services Research at the
Bradley C. Martin, Pharm.D., Ph.D., of the UAMS College of Pharmacy, and Glen Mays, Ph.D., of the UAMS College of Public Health, were awarded the two-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The database will combine Arkansas Medicaid, Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield and
“This database has a broad array of potential for researchers at UAMS,” Martin said. “We will be able to gather information on topics from the implications of restricting drug access to Medicaid recipients to studying the appropriateness of care in certain clinical areas.” Martin is professor and head of the Division of Pharmaceutical Evaluation and Policy in the UAMS College of Pharmacy, while Mays is associate professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the
The consortium will include researchers from the UAMS Colleges of Public Health, Pharmacy and Medicine; the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services; Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield; and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care.
The consortium also will award six grants to UAMS researchers during the next two years to assist in their research related to the database. Other researchers will have access to the database and limited program support from the consortium.
The consortium will provide mentoring and workshop training programs to faculty and graduate students. It also will serve as a focal point to coordinate health services research activities across the UAMS campus.