This page contains resources designed for use by individuals and organizations who share our commitment to preserving the health services research housed at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and ensuring sufficient funding for it to achieve its mission and mandate. 

The toolkit, which includes the context for the fiscal year 2018 #SaveAHRQ campaign, can be accessed in full here

Below you will find an abbreviated version of the toolkit materials to promote #SaveAHRQ, including: 

  • Key Messages and Sample Talking Points
  • Overview of Key Congressional Players
  • Sample Social Media Messages
  • Sample Memes
  • Resources and Case Studies of Impact

Key Messages and Sample Talking Points

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, or AHRQ, is the only federal agency with the sole purpose of producing evidence to make health care safer; of higher quality; and more accessible, equitable, and affordable; and to ensure that the evidence is understood and used.
  • Health services research benefits us all. AHRQ's research, tools, and datasets are being used right now to help us understand and improve a complex and costly health system so that we can achieve better outcomes for more people at greater value. 
  • Each federal agency was created to respond to specific gaps in science and answers different questions of the health care puzzle. AHRQ was created to address questions about the effectiveness of health care services, not their efficacy. In other words, "What interventions work in the real world of patients and communities, not in highly selected groups of patients from a clinical trial?"

Overview of Key Congressional Players

The Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee has jurisdiction over the budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Education. Its members are critically important as conversations surrounding funding levels for fiscal year 2018 unfold.

The following are members serving on the Labor-HHS Subcommittee. If you do not know who your member of Congress is, find out here by entering your zip code. 

REPUBLICANS

Tom Cole, Oklahoma
Chairman

  • @TomColeOK04
  • (202) 225-6165

Andy Harris, MD, Maryland

  • @RepHarrisMD
  • (202) 225-5311

Mike Simpson, Idaho

  • @CongMikeSimpson
  • (202) 225-5531

Martha Roby, Alabama

  • @RepMarthaRoby
  • (202) 225-2901

Steve Womack, Arkansas
Vice Chair

  • @rep_stevewomack
  • (202) 225-5371

Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington

  • @HerreraBeutler
  • (202) 225-3536

Chuck Fleischmann, Tennessee

  • @RepChuck
  • (202) 225-3271

John Moolenaar, Michigan

  • @RepMoolenaar
  • (202) 225-3561

DEMOCRATS

Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut
Ranking Member

  • @rosadelauro
  • (202) 225-3661

Mark Pocan

  • @repmarkpocan
  • (202) 225-2906

Lucille Roybal-Allard, California

  • @RepRoybalAllard
  • (202) 225-1766

Katherine Clark, Massachusetts

  • @RepKClark
  • (202) 225-2836

Barbara Lee, California

  • @RepBarbaraLee
  • (202) 225-2661
 

Sample Social Media Messages

*All Tweets should include the hashtags #SaveAHRQ and #SaveHSR

General Messages

  • [email protected] takes "what" and turns it into "how" by providing research-backed tools providers can use to improve care #SaveAHRQ #SaveHSR
  • AHRQ is our bridge between research and practice. #SaveAHRQ #SaveHSR http://ow.ly/l05q30aOeA7
  • From 2010-2015 >3M hospital-acquired conditions were prevented, saving ~125,000 lives and >$28B in health care costs #SaveAHRQ #SaveHSR
  • Don’t let the politics of no destroy the science of why and how. #SaveAHRQ #SaveHSR

State-Specific Messages (Directed at Members of Congress)

  • Oklahoma: [INSERT HANDLE] AHRQ's EvidenceNOW is improving heart health in primary care practices throughout our state http://ow.ly/woBs30dxWTc #SaveAHRQ #SaveHSR
  • Michigan: [INSERT HANDLE] AHRQ-funded research saved 1,500 lives and $200M in 18 months in MI http://ow.ly/RlQCv #SaveAHRQ #SaveHSR
  • Tennessee: [INSERT HANDLE] Vandy’s Dr. Penson used AHRQ funds to personalize prostate cancer treatment decisionmaking http://ow.ly/RlQCv #SaveAHRQ #SaveHSR

Sample Memes

Meme on AHRQ Cost Savings

Meme on AHRQ Study

Meme on AHRQs Research to Cut Costs

Resources and Case Studies of Impact

General Resources

Blog Posts and Op-Eds