Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), 18645-18646 [2017-07991]

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Nominations must be received by June 15th of a given year to be considered for appointment to begin in January of the following year. DATES: Arrangement for Public Inspection Nominations and applications are kept on file at the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement, AHRQ, and are available for review during business hours. AHRQ does not reply to individual nominations, but considers all nominations in selecting members. Information regarded as private and personal, such as a nominee’s social security number, home and email addresses, home telephone and fax numbers, or names of family members will not be disclosed to the public in accord with the Freedom of Information Act. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6); 45 CFR 5.31(f). Nomination Submissions Nominations may be submitted in writing or electronically, but should include: 1. The applicant’s current curriculum vitae and contact information, including mailing address, email address, and telephone number; and 2. A letter explaining how this individual meets the qualification requirements and how he or she would contribute to the USPSTF. The letter should also attest to the nominee’s willingness to serve as a member of the USPSTF. AHRQ will later ask people under serious consideration for USPSTF membership to provide detailed information that will permit evaluation of possible significant conflicts of interest. Such information will concern matters such as financial holdings, consultancies, non-financial scientific interests, and research grants or contracts. To obtain a diversity of perspectives, AHRQ particularly encourages nominations of women, members of minority populations, and p with disabilities. Interested individuals can nominate themselves. Organizations and individuals may nominate one or more people qualified for membership on the USPSTF at any time. Individuals nominated prior to May 15, 2016, who continue to have interest in serving on the USPSTF should be re-nominated. E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1 18646 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 75 / Thursday, April 20, 2017 / Notices Qualification Requirements To qualify for the USPSTF and support its mission, an applicant or nominee should, at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, expertise and national leadership in the following areas: 1. The critical evaluation of research published in peer-reviewed literature and in the methods of evidence review; 2. Clinical prevention, health promotion and primary health care; and 3. Implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical practice including at the clinician-patient level, practice level, and health-system level. Additionally, the Task Force benefits from members with expertise in the following areas: D Public health D Health equity and the reduction of health disparities D Application of science to health policy D Behavioral medicine D Communication of scientific findings to multiple audiences including health care professionals, policy makers and the general public. Candidates with experience and skills in any of these areas should highlight them in their nomination materials. Applicants must have no substantial conflicts of interest, whether financial, professional, or intellectual, that would impair the scientific integrity of the work of the USPSTF and must be willing to complete regular conflict of interest disclosures. Applicants must have the ability to work collaboratively with a team of diverse professionals who support the mission of the USPSTF. Applicants must have adequate time to contribute substantively to the work products of the USPSTF. 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AHRQ will retain and may consider for future vacancies nominations received this year and not selected during this cycle. Some USPSTF members without primary health care clinical experience may be selected based on their expertise in methodological issues such as metaanalysis, analytic modeling or clinical epidemiology. For individuals with clinical expertise in primary health care, additional qualifications in methodology would enhance their candidacy. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lydia Hill at USPSTFmember nominations@ahrq.hhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Under Title IX of the Public Health Service Act, AHRQ is charged with enhancing the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of health care services and access to such services. 42 U.S.C. 299(b). AHRQ accomplishes these goals through scientific research and promotion of improvements in clinical practice, including clinical prevention of diseases and other health conditions. See 42 U.S.C. 299(b). The USPSTF, an independent body of experts in prevention and evidencebased medicine, works to improve the health of all Americans by making evidence-based recommendations about the effectiveness of clinical preventive services and health promotion. The recommendations made by the USPSTF address clinical preventive services for adults and children, and include screening tests, counseling services, and preventive medications. The USPSTF was first established in 1984 under the auspices of the U.S. Public Health Service. Currently, the USPSTF is convened by the Director of AHRQ, and AHRQ provides ongoing scientific, administrative, and dissemination support for the USPSTF’s operation. USPSTF members serve four year terms. New members are selected each year to replace those members who are completing their appointments. 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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive 
Services Task Force (USPSTF)

AGENCY: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS.

ACTION: Solicits nominations for new members of the USPSTF.

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SUMMARY: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites 
nominations of individuals qualified to serve as members of the U.S. 
Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).

DATES: All nominations submitted in writing or electronically will be 
considered for appointment to the USPSTF. Nominations must be received 
by June 15th of a given year to be considered for appointment to begin 
in January of the following year.

Arrangement for Public Inspection

    Nominations and applications are kept on file at the Center for 
Evidence and Practice Improvement, AHRQ, and are available for review 
during business hours. AHRQ does not reply to individual nominations, 
but considers all nominations in selecting members. Information 
regarded as private and personal, such as a nominee's social security 
number, home and email addresses, home telephone and fax numbers, or 
names of family members will not be disclosed to the public in accord 
with the Freedom of Information Act. 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6); 45 CFR 
5.31(f).

Nomination Submissions

    Nominations may be submitted in writing or electronically, but 
should include:
    1. The applicant's current curriculum vitae and contact 
information, including mailing address, email address, and telephone 
number; and
    2. A letter explaining how this individual meets the qualification 
requirements and how he or she would contribute to the USPSTF. The 
letter should also attest to the nominee's willingness to serve as a 
member of the USPSTF.
    AHRQ will later ask people under serious consideration for USPSTF 
membership to provide detailed information that will permit evaluation 
of possible significant conflicts of interest. Such information will 
concern matters such as financial holdings, consultancies, non-
financial scientific interests, and research grants or contracts.
    To obtain a diversity of perspectives, AHRQ particularly encourages 
nominations of women, members of minority populations, and p with 
disabilities. Interested individuals can nominate themselves. 
Organizations and individuals may nominate one or more people qualified 
for membership on the USPSTF at any time. Individuals nominated prior 
to May 15, 2016, who continue to have interest in serving on the USPSTF 
should be re-nominated.

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Qualification Requirements

    To qualify for the USPSTF and support its mission, an applicant or 
nominee should, at a minimum, demonstrate knowledge, expertise and 
national leadership in the following areas:
    1. The critical evaluation of research published in peer-reviewed 
literature and in the methods of evidence review;
    2. Clinical prevention, health promotion and primary health care; 
and
    3. Implementation of evidence-based recommendations in clinical 
practice including at the clinician-patient level, practice level, and 
health-system level.
    Additionally, the Task Force benefits from members with expertise 
in the following areas:

[ssquf] Public health
[ssquf] Health equity and the reduction of health disparities
[ssquf] Application of science to health policy
[ssquf] Behavioral medicine
[ssquf] Communication of scientific findings to multiple audiences 
including health care professionals, policy makers and the general 
public.

    Candidates with experience and skills in any of these areas should 
highlight them in their nomination materials.
    Applicants must have no substantial conflicts of interest, whether 
financial, professional, or intellectual, that would impair the 
scientific integrity of the work of the USPSTF and must be willing to 
complete regular conflict of interest disclosures.
    Applicants must have the ability to work collaboratively with a 
team of diverse professionals who support the mission of the USPSTF. 
Applicants must have adequate time to contribute substantively to the 
work products of the USPSTF.

ADDRESSES: Submit your responses either in writing or electronically 
to: Lydia Hill, ATTN: USPSTF Nominations, Center for Evidence and 
Practice Improvement, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 5600 
Fishers Lane, Mailstop: 06E53A, Rockville, Maryland 20857, 
USPSTFmembernominations@ahrq.hhs.gov.

Nominee Selection

    Nominated individuals will be selected for the USPSTF on the basis 
of how well they meet the required qualifications and the current 
expertise needs of the USPSTF. It is anticipated that new members will 
be invited to serve on the USPSTF beginning in January, 2018. All 
nominated individuals will be considered; however, strongest 
consideration will be given to individuals with demonstrated training 
and expertise in the areas of Pediatrics, Nursing, Behavioral Health, 
Obstetrics and Gynecology and Preventive Medicine. AHRQ will retain and 
may consider for future vacancies nominations received this year and 
not selected during this cycle.
    Some USPSTF members without primary health care clinical experience 
may be selected based on their expertise in methodological issues such 
as meta-analysis, analytic modeling or clinical epidemiology. For 
individuals with clinical expertise in primary health care, additional 
qualifications in methodology would enhance their candidacy.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lydia Hill at 
USPSTFmembernominations@ahrq.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Under Title IX of the Public Health Service Act, AHRQ is charged 
with enhancing the quality, appropriateness, and effectiveness of 
health care services and access to such services. 42 U.S.C. 299(b). 
AHRQ accomplishes these goals through scientific research and promotion 
of improvements in clinical practice, including clinical prevention of 
diseases and other health conditions. See 42 U.S.C. 299(b).
    The USPSTF, an independent body of experts in prevention and 
evidence- based medicine, works to improve the health of all Americans 
by making evidence-based recommendations about the effectiveness of 
clinical preventive services and health promotion. The recommendations 
made by the USPSTF address clinical preventive services for adults and 
children, and include screening tests, counseling services, and 
preventive medications.
    The USPSTF was first established in 1984 under the auspices of the 
U.S. Public Health Service. Currently, the USPSTF is convened by the 
Director of AHRQ, and AHRQ provides ongoing scientific, administrative, 
and dissemination support for the USPSTF's operation. USPSTF members 
serve four year terms. New members are selected each year to replace 
those members who are completing their appointments.
    The USPSTF is charged with rigorously evaluating the effectiveness, 
appropriateness and cost-effectiveness of clinical preventive services 
and formulating or updating recommendations regarding the appropriate 
provision of preventive services. See 42 U.S.C. 299b-4(a)(1). Current 
USPSTF recommendations and associated evidence reviews are available on 
the Internet (www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org).
    USPSTF members currently meet three times a year for two days in 
the Washington, DC area. A significant portion of the USPSTF's work 
occurs between meetings during conference calls and via email 
discussions. Member duties include prioritizing topics, designing 
research plans, reviewing and commenting on systematic evidence reviews 
of evidence, discussing and making recommendations on preventive 
services, reviewing stakeholder comments, drafting final recommendation 
documents, and participating in workgroups on specific topics and 
methods. Members can expect to receive frequent emails, can expect to 
participate in multiple conference calls each month, and can expect to 
have periodic interaction with stakeholders. AHRQ estimates that 
members devote approximately 200 hours a year outside of in-person 
meetings to their USPSTF duties. The members are all volunteers and do 
not receive any compensation beyond support for travel to in person 
meetings.

Sharon B. Arnold,
Acting Director.
[FR Doc. 2017-07991 Filed 4-19-17; 8:45 am]
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