FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2009
Contact: HHS Press Office
Federal Coordinating Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research to Hold Public Listening Session in Chicago on May 13
Meeting will be Webcast at www.hhs.gov/recovery
The Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research will hold its second public listening session on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, in Chicago. The council will hear public comment regarding comparative effectiveness research and the Coordinating Council’s activities.
“We want to hear from Americans across the country about this important research,” said HHS Spokeswoman Jenny Backus. “Comparative effectiveness research will give patients and doctors more valuable information and we hope Americans will share their thoughts with this important council in the coming days.”
Individuals interested in addressing the council may nominate themselves to deliver a three- minute oral presentation before the council. Individuals and organizations may also submit written comments for the council’s consideration. The public may also attend the session, listen live via audio conference or watch the session online www.hhs.gov/recovery.
The 15-member council, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will assist the agencies of the federal government, including HHS and the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, as well as others, to coordinate comparative effectiveness and related health services research. The Recovery Act appropriated $300 million for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, $400 million for the National Institutes of Health, and $400 million for allocation at the discretion of the Secretary of Health and Human Services to support comparative effectiveness research.
The council will provide input on priorities for the $400 million fund in the Recovery Act that the Secretary will allocate to advance this type of research and public input will shape the council’s recommendations. The council will not make final decisions about the kind of projects that will be funded.
To register to attend the listening session, nominate a person to make a three-minute oral statement, and/or submit a written statement for the Coordinating Council’s consideration, go to www.hhs.gov/recovery. Individuals must register by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 11. Space and audio conference lines are limited.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
University of Illinois at Chicago Forum
725 W Roosevelt Rd. (MC 126)
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. CDT
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Last revised: May 7, 2011