AHRQ Unhealthy Alcohol Use Initiative

AHRQ's new initiative to reduce Unhealthy Alcohol Use launched in October 2019. AHRQ has awarded 3-year grants to six institutions across the country. The grantees will disseminate and implement into primary care practices evidence-based approaches to improve the use of screening for unhealthy alcohol use, brief intervention for those at risk, and medication therapy for alcohol use disorder.

Together, the grantees are expected to work with more than 700 primary care practices. Grantees will receive support from AHRQ through a resource center and participation in a learning community. Grantees will evaluate their dissemination and implementation efforts, and an external evaluator will conduct a cross-grantee evaluation.

This topic is the first of two topics (the other being cardiac rehabilitation) to be funded by AHRQ’s innovative Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) initiative. The goal of the D&I initiative is to identify patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) findings that are not well delivered in practice and fund programs to increase their uptake and ultimately improve health.

Access the Department of Health and Human Services press release, which includes a video.