Basic elements for underserved communities

Arlene S. Bierman, MD, MS, of the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality discusses crafting solutions for rural areas, small towns, poor and underserved communities.

Arlene S. Bierman, MD, MS, is director of the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement in the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She also is a general internist, geriatrician and researcher.

In this video segment, Bierman says focusing on basic elements to deliver high quality, high value care allows states and communities to adapt health programs, to their specific needs. She cites AHRQ’s Evidence Now program as an example of a widespread practice to reduce cardiovascular risk, aligned within states and local communities.