Upfront

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through its constituent centers, awarded more than $14 million in grants in September to patient-centered outcomes research, which collects evidence on the effectiveness, benefits and harms of various treatment strategies for medical and mental health problems.

Funding for these grants comes from the $1.1 billion appropriated for patient-centered outcomes research under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the stimulus act. APA has pushed for more funding of comparative effectiveness research, which would help psychologists and other health researchers identify the best practices for working with people with substance abuse and mental disorders.

As part of the push, the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities awarded $12 million to research centers at universities and medical schools in Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, New Mexico and New York. These centers will focus on the effectiveness of treatment programs that address breast and prostate cancer, heart and metabolic problems, and health disparities in underserved and minority populations.

The Office of Minority Health awarded $2 million to the private research firm Westat Inc., based in Rockville, Md., to assess the effectiveness of interventions for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, hypertension and arthritis among various racial and ethnic populations.

—M. Price