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The Senior Official for Privacy for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is Tim Erny, Office of Management Services/Division of Information Technology.

For contact information, go to: https://www.ahrq.gov/policy/electronic/privacy/infosecurity.html.

AHRQ is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its website is maintained as a public service to provide practical health care information, research findings, and data to help consumers, health providers, health insurers, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions about health care issues. We collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us.

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Senior Official for Privacy is responsible for maintaining this information.

For the system of record notices for AHRQ, go to: https://www.ahrq.gov/policy/electronic/privacy/index.html.

Many of the materials provided on the AHRQ website are Government works and therefore in the public domain within the United States only. Such materials may be used and reproduced without special permission within the United States, but citation as to source is requested.

Foreign countries and users who want to make electronic versions resident to their websites with global access need to request specific permission to use or reproduce these materials because the public domain does not extend outside the borders of the United States.

Some documents and products made available on the AHRQ website contain copyrighted materials, and further reproduction, in any form, print or electronic, is prohibited without the specific permission of copyright holders. Permission to reproduce copyrighted materials must be obtained directly from copyright holders and they may charge fees for the use of copyrighted materials.

It is the responsibility of the user to contact and obtain the needed copyright permissions prior to reproducing materials in any form. You may send your requests for permission to:

Randie Siegel
Deputy Director
Office of Communications
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: (301) 427-1852
Fax: (301) 427-1873
Email: randie.siegel@ahrq.hhs.gov

You may request permission for translation rights to:

Randie Siegel
Deputy Director
Office of Communications
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Phone: (301) 427-1852
Fax: (301) 427-1873
Email: randie.siegel@ahrq.hhs.gov

Please provide the following information in your request:

  • Requesting organization or individual.
  • Permissions contact person.
  • Title or URL for each document that you wish to translate/reproduce.
  • Whether it will be in print or electronic form or both.
  • Publication title and/or URL where the material will appear.
  • Purpose of dissemination.
  • Intended audience.
  • Projected date of release.

We may grant you permission by return email and will provide you with the suggested citation and notify you of any other copyright constraints should they exist.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) logo as the imprimatur of the Agency can only be used on official communication products and websites of the Agency. The logo is not in the public domain and cannot be used without the specific authorization of the Agency, and such use is reserved for official partnerships and joint projects where AHRQ is co-funding and/or a steering committee member.

Other organizations cannot display or use our logo on their publications or other communication products or Web resources—not even grantees, contractors, or private sector partners of the Agency. Such usage would imply that the Agency favors or endorses an organization, its activities, its products, its services, and/or its personnel (either overtly or tacitly) which, as a Federal Government Agency, it does not and cannot do.

We encourage other websites to link to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a public service to their users. We appreciate being notified when a link is established as a courtesy because the link will drive traffic to our site. All external links from commercial sites to our Federal Government site should be clearly identified as such.

Our Agency cannot endorse, nor appear to endorse, commercial services or products. Links should not be displayed in any manner that would imply such an endorsement. We prefer linkages to the homepage at: https://www.ahrq.gov/.

If you want to link to specific items within the website, rather than the Homepage, please notify us and provide the relevant URLs.

As a Federal Government site, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has a restrictive external linking policy. Because we cannot endorse or appear to endorse commercial enterprises, our external linking policy precludes commercial domains. To be considered for an external link, the other site must meet one of the following three criteria:

  1. It is an Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or other Government site.
  2. It is a nonprofit organization that is an official partner of our Agency on a conference or special initiative.
  3. It is specifically referenced within an Agency document that is posted on our website.

The AHRQ Linking Policy is available at: https://www.ahrq.gov/policy/linking.html.

Yes, the policy pertains to all types of applications submitted to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). This includes new and amended applications, large and small research projects, training and career development applications, conference applications, and investigator-initiated and solicited applications.

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