Statement from Research!America president and CEO Mary Woolley about AHRQ Director Carolyn Clancy’s Departure

January 31, 2013

Dr. Carolyn Clancy has been a stalwart champion of medical and health services research during her decade-long leadership at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), stressing the importance of evidence in formulating policies to address gaps in care and improve health care delivery.  She spearheaded innovative evidence-based programs to tackle some of our most challenging and complex healthcare issues. Under her leadership, AHRQ has conducted and funded research to ensure that patient care is as safe and efficient as possible, and launched the first annual report to Congress on health care disparities and health care quality.  Clancy recognizes the importance of empowering patients with information to understand their health care needs and make informed decisions, and empowering health care leaders with the evidence needed to bring the right care to the right patient at the right time.  She generously lent her time and expertise as a speaker at Research!America’s National Health Research Forums, joining leaders of other federal health agencies for panel discussions, and contributed to other initiatives. Hers is an important and lasting legacy.

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