Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention

The Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention (DACP) at HMS is the first medical school-based department to link closely with a large health maintenance organization (HMO), Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), and a large multi-specialty group practice, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. DACP research areas include health services research, pharmacoepidemiology, epidemiology, and randomized controlled trials of preventive interventions with a common theme of improving population health. More information on research groups and faculty can be found at www.dacp.org.

Within DACP, research groups that utilize decision science approaches are the Center for Child Health Care Studies (www.dacp.org/child.html), the Obesity Prevention Program, and the Drug Policy Research Group (www.dacp.org/dprgmain.html).

The Center for Child Health Care Studies is a multidisciplinary research group dedicated to improving the health of children through studies that enhance health care decision-making by families, clinicians, and policymakers. The Center's association with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care offers special opportunities to conduct population-based studies of health care practices and health outcomes in large groups of patients and clinicians. The Center has close ties to Children's Hospital Boston. Center members also collaborate with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a large multi-specialty provider group, in researching how to improve primary care for children. Center faculty lead an innovative fellowship training program in pediatric health services research, which contributes to a vibrant research environment.

The objective of the newly-formed Obesity Prevention Program at DACP is to lessen the burden of obesity-related disorders by conducting epidemiologic, health services, and intervention research studies within defined populations of children and adults.

The Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention (DACP) at HMS is the first medical school-based department to link closely with a large health maintenance organization (HMO), Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), and a large multi-specialty group practice, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. DACP research areas include health services research, pharmacoepidemiology, epidemiology, and randomized controlled trials of preventive interventions with a common theme of improving population health. More information on research groups and faculty can be found at www.dacp.org.

Within DACP, research groups that utilize decision science approaches are the Center for Child Health Care Studies (www.dacp.org/child.html), the Obesity Prevention Program, and the Drug Policy Research Group (www.dacp.org/dprgmain.html).

The Center for Child Health Care Studies is a multidisciplinary research group dedicated to improving the health of children through studies that enhance health care decision-making by families, clinicians, and policymakers. The Center's association with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care offers special opportunities to conduct population-based studies of health care practices and health outcomes in large groups of patients and clinicians. The Center has close ties to Children's Hospital Boston. Center members also collaborate with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a large multi-specialty provider group, in researching how to improve primary care for children. Center faculty lead an innovative fellowship training program in pediatric health services research, which contributes to a vibrant research environment.

The objective of the newly-formed Obesity Prevention Program at DACP is to lessen the burden of obesity-related disorders by conducting epidemiologic, health services, and intervention research studies within defined populations of children and adults.