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AHRQ’s National Nursing Home COVID-19 Coordinating Center

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Connecting AHRQ’s nursing home safety initiatives and the nursing home quality improvement community
  • Client
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Dates
    December 2020 - November 2022

COVID-19’s exacted a significant toll on millions of nursing home residents and staff.

The pandemic has had an outsized impact on nursing homes. By autumn 2020, almost a quarter of all COVID-19 deaths were nursing home residents and staff. To help address this devastating impact, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) launched the National Nursing Home COVID-19 Coordinating Center to facilitate AHRQ’s national nursing home safety initiatives.

NORC implemented and oversaw a center that coordinated nursing home safety initiatives.

AHRQ selected NORC to implement and oversee the Coordinating Center. Our assignment included:

  • Engaging scientific and policy stakeholders with AHRQ and other federal partners on nursing home safety needs and best practices
  • Developing new safety and quality-improvement tools and resources  to address gaps
  • Creating communications materials to promote AHRQ nursing home safety and quality improvement resources
  • Providing technical assistance to AHRQ on inquiries related to AHRQ nursing home safety initiatives
  • Compiling a repository of all AHRQ nursing home COVID-19 safety initiatives for internal and external audiences

Tools, resources, and other materials developed as part of the Coordinating Center are available on AHRQ’s website.

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