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Alert services, email lists, discussion boards, forums, listservs, and e-updates.

  • AHRQ Email Updates - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Sign up for updates from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

  • Center for Mental Health Services Research Listserv - (University of Massachusetts Medical School)  Details

    Sign up to receive mailings from the Center. The mission of the Center for Mental Health Services Research is to be an internationally recognized academic center that conducts research on the nature, structure, effectiveness, and regulation of services for individuals with mental health conditions, and develops and disseminates knowledge to improve the lives of these individuals, their families, and other community members.

  • HHS Syndication Storefront - (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) USA)  Details

    Users can use the syndication storefront to import HHS content directly into their own websites.

  • HSR&D E-News - (Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), VA)  Details

    Provides monthly E-news updates on new information posted to the HSR&D web site.

  • HealthEcon-Discuss Details

    General health economics discussion list. Membership is open to all health economists (and all those interested in health economics) worldwide. It is also the recommended discussion list for members of iHEA. The purpose of healthecon-discuss is to give a (previously unavailable) forum for general discussion on health economics matters.

  • NLM Email Lists - (National Library of Medicine (NLM), NIH USA)  Details

    Service which allows users to subscribe to announcement and discussion lists hosted by the National Library of Medicine. Users can receive list postings, access list archives, and post messages to a list. NLM also offers RSS feeds, podcasts, and webcasts.


HSR-related blogs.

  • AcademyHealth Blog - (AcademyHealth)  Details

    The blog was created to serve as a forum for "conversation among people passionate about expanding access to care, reducing costs and improving quality."

  • Congressional Budget Office Director's Blog - (Congressional Budget Office (CBO) USA)  Details

    Since its founding in 1974, the Congressional Budget Office has produced independent, nonpartisan, timely analysis of economic and budgetary issues to support the Congressional budget process. The agency's long tradition of nonpartisanship is evident in each of the dozens of reports and hundreds of cost estimates its economists and policy analysts produce each year.

  • DataScience@NIH Blog - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  Details

    It is intended to serve as a news and discussion vehicle for the overall community and is an opportunity for the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science to present timely information and receive important feedback.

  • Equity of Care Blog - (Equity of Care USA)  Details

    This blog provides commentary by leaders in the field who are taking up the challenge of improving the quality of care for all patient populations and eliminating health care disparities.

  • Health Affairs Blog - (Project Hope)  Details

    New content will be posted on the blog at least weekly. Some weeks there will be new posts every day as Health Affairs runs a cluster of invited posts on a hot topic. Individuals can sign up for e-mail alerts or an RSS feed to be alerted when new content is posted. For e-mail alerts, visit:

  • Health IT Buzz - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), HHS)  Details

    From the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), this blog was created to answer questions about the nation's transition to electronic health records and to create a conversation about the challenges and successes health care providers, physicians, practices, and organizations are experiencing as they transition from paper to electronic health records.

  • Health Policy Forum - (Altarum Institute USA)  Details

    Altarum's blog provides "a neutral setting for discussion and consideration of health-related issues facing our nation."

  • Kaiser Health News - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    Link to blog, videos, and daily reports. Covers health care policy and politics as well as trends in industry and delivery of care. KHN is a nonprofit news organization committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics.

  • Now@NEJM - (New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) USA)  Details

    Blog produced by the publishing communications team about the web content in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • PCORI Blog - (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) USA)  Details

    PCORI's blog is designed to iscuss and share information about PCOR.

  • PHII Viuces - (Public Health Institute)  Details

    PHI hosts a blog related to PHSSR and Public Health. Organization officials and members contribute content on newsworthy events.

  • Public Health Economics - (University of Kentucky)  Details

    The blog of Glen P. Mays, F. Douglas Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research at the University of Kentucky.

  • State Health Policy Blog - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  Details

    The blog for NASHP, an independent academy of state health policymakers.


HSR-related podcasts and twitter groups.

  • #MinorityMH Twitter Chat - (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH USA)  Details

    July 26, 2018 2:00pm ET. Join in using the hashtag #MinorityMH.

  • National Minority Mental Health Month 2018: #MinorityMH Twitter Chat - (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), NIH USA)  Details

    In observance of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host a Twitter chat on July 26, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET with the theme "Motivating Action for Improving Minority Mental Health Care: Barriers and Opportunities." Use the hashtag #MinorityMH to join in.

  • AHRQ News - Twitter - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    Link to news series from AHRQ. Receive updates via Twitter.

  • AcademyHealth Twitter Feed - (AcademyHealth)  Details

    The professional home for health services researchers, policy analysts, and practitioners, and a leading, non-partisan resource for the best in HSR.

  • All In: Data for Community Health Podcast - (All In: Data for Community Health)  Details

    Podcast interviews local leaders who are collaborating with other sectors to share data that provides a more complete picture of community health needs. Listen to hear about the challenges they faced, their secrets to success, and the lessons they learned along the way that can help other communities.

  • American Health Podcast - (Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health)  Details

    Initiative works to tackle some of the most pressing challenges to public health in the United States: Addiction and Overdose, Environmental Challenges, Obesity and the Food System, Risks to Adolescent Health and Violence.

  • HCAHPS Podcasts Details

    The HCAHPS podcast is specifically targeted for Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) approved survey vendors, self-administering hospitals, and client hospitals participating in HCAHPS to improve response rates related to the HCAHPS Survey administration.

  • HIE inPractice Podcast - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS))  Details

    This series of audio interviews focus on health information exchange.

  • Inside Health Care: Presented by NCQA - (National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA))  Details

    Every month on the Inside Health Care podcast, the NCQA Communications team interviews the health care industry's most prolific thought leaders to extract their secrets on how they work to improve health care quality.

  • Investing in Health IT: What the U.S. and Other Countries Are Learning: 10/29/10 Podcast - (Alliance for Health Policy USA, Commonwealth Fund, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    This briefing addressed questions such as: What have the U.S. and other countries learned from their experience with health IT? How is the adoption of this technology progressing in the U.S. across the many different types of health care settings? How are we developing standards for "meaningful use" of health IT?

  • Kaiser Family Foundation Twitter Feed - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  Details

    Follow the Kaiser Family Foundation on Twitter to get daily updates on the latest facts, figures, polling information and analysis on health policy issues and health reform implementation.

  • MEASURE Evaluation Podcast - (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MEASURE Evaluation)  Details

    MEASURE Evaluation is funded by USAID to strengthen capacity in developing countries to gather, interpret, and use data to improve health. They create tools and approaches for rigorous evaluations, providing evidence to address health challenges and strengthen health information systems so countries can make better decisions and sustain good health outcomes over time.

  • Managed Care Cast - (American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) USA)  Details

    Podcast from the American Journal of Managed Care focuses on health services research and topics.

  • New Directions in Health Care Podcast - (Commonwealth Fund)  Details

    This podcast aims to bring the work of our programs to life though audio interviews with the health care professionals, administrators, policymakers, advocates, and patients on the frontlines of health care.

  • Pints and Policy - (Bipartisan Policy Center USA)  Details

    The Bipartisan Policy Center takes a laid-back look at "the week that was" in policy news. Host Jordan LaPier has a beer with BPC experts and helps you get smart on a key issue for the week ahead.

  • Rural Health Leadership Radio™ Details

    RHLR's mission is to provide a forum to have conversations with rural health leaders to discuss and share ideas about what is working, what is not working, lessons learned, success stories, strategies, things to avoid and anything else listeners want to talk and hear about.

  • Rural Matters Details

    A biweekly, 30-minute podcast about rural education, business, and health. The podcast's mission is to increase awareness, inform discussion, and expand the dialogue on the most important issues facing rural stakeholders every day. Guests on the podcast include rural education decision-makers, rural business owners and entrepreneurs, and rural health care representatives. (National Rural Education Association and the Center for Rural Affairs)

  • STEPS to Value Podcast - (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS))  Details

    The HIMSS podcast series, STEPS to Value, highlights the stories of thought leaders who have successfully managed technology, organizational culture and policy to develop innovative processes that maximize the value of their technology investments.

  • The Impact - (Vox)  Details

    Podcast focuses on the human consequences of policy-making, what happens in the real world after the government, non-profits, even academic institutions start doing something differently.

  • This is Real Podcast - (Office of Inspector General (OIG), HHS USA)  Details

    This podcast series follows HHS OIG special agents as they work to uncover the complex health care fraud schemes, expose the greed of those involved, and bring the criminals to justice.

  • Trust for America's Health Twitter Feed - (Trust for America's Health (TFAH))  Details

    The Twitter feed of Trust for America's Health, a "nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of all Americans."

  • What the Health? - (Kaiser Health News (KHN) USA)  Details

    Join Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News, along with top health policy reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and other media outlets to discuss the latest news and explain what the health is going on here in Washington.