Notice to Define the Term 'Rural' for AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcement RFA-HS-16-001 "Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Rural Primary Care Practices (R18)"

Notice Number: NOT-HS-16-003

Key Dates
Release Date:  January 6, 2016   

Related Announcements
RFA-HS-16-001    

Issued by
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (http://www.ahrq.gov/)

Purpose

AHRQ recently published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) RFA-HS-16-001 (see 'Increasing Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in Rural Primary Care Practices (R18)' at  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HS-16-001.html).  As described in the FOA, this initiative will fund demonstration research projects that implement Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder in primary care practices in rural areas of the United States.

This Notice indicates the definition of the term 'rural' for this FOA.  For the purposes of this FOA, applicants that use the National Center for Health Statics (NCHS) 2013 Urban-Rural Classification System to document that the proposed area(s) are rural will be considered responsive.  Using this system counties that are micropolitan or noncore are considered rural.  This system is used by AHRQ for its National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports.  Applicants may, however, utilize other definitions of rural within their applications.  Applicants who use other definitions must clearly demonstrate how their definition is consistent with the intention of the FOA.  Additionally, AHRQ reminds applicants that they must demonstrate that the area(s) selected for the project are both rural and lack adequate access to substance abuse treatment services. 

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Phillip E. Jordan, M.A.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement
Telephone: 301-427-1035
Email: Phillip.Jordan@ahrq.hhs.gov

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