The AHRQ Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations will work to support AHRQ's overarching mission, which is to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness and efficiency of health care for all Americans.
- Reduce the risk of harm from health care services by using evidence-based research and technology to promote the delivery of the best possible care to all populations,
- Transform the practice of health care to achieve wider access to effective services and reduce unnecessary health care costs and
- Improve health care outcomes by encouraging providers, consumers and patients to use evidence-based information to make informed treatment decisions.
Dr. Francis D. Chesley received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and his M.D. from the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed an Internal Medicine Internship and Residency at the Georgetown University Medical Center, served as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine at the Medical Center, and completed a General Internal Medicine Research Fellowship in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.
As the director of OEREP at AHRQ, Chesley provides leadership in the development of health services research training and career development programs. He currently directs the Agency's research grant application peer review activities and is responsible for the development and implementation of AHRQ's extramural research policies and procedures. Chesley has served AHRQ as an expert resource on priority populations, ensuring the inclusion of minority researchers and research participants in the Agency's health services research activities.
Brief overview AHRQ's OMH work
Health care providers, patients, policymakers, payers, administrators and others use AHRQ research findings to improve health care quality, accessibility and outcomes of care, and reduce healthcare disparities among racial/ethnic minority groups. The Agency has six research portfolios, which span across AHRQ's Offices/Centers. The portfolios are:
- Comparative Effectiveness
- Health Information Technology
- Patient Safety
- Prevention/Care Management Research
- Innovations/Emerging Issues