The Community Health Improvement & Research Partnership (CHIRP) program is a collaboration among community-based health coalitions and the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network, and various academic and outreach partners across OHSU and Oregon.
The goal of the CHIRP program is to expand a successful community development model (CHIP) to include research training for both community partners and academic researchers.
The CHIP model has proven very successful in Oregon – numerous rural communities have activated community members, health providers, schools, and clinics to improve their local health systems.
CHIRP builds on this success by adding research to the program model. Community health coalitions and academic researchers will have the tools to build successful partnerships that allow for a deeper understanding of health issues and additional resources to support community efforts.
The CHIRP program began in fall 2011. In October 2011, the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network hosted a symposium that brought together community health organizers with academic researchers to discuss best practices for community/academic research partnerships.
In late 2011, the program will begin providing training to community partners.
The grant that currently supports CHIRP was awarded as a Community Engagement Supplement through the Clinical & Translational Science Award (CTSA) program. The grant was submitted through the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI). Eric Orwoll, M.D. is the director and principal investigator of OCTRI.
Co-investigators who are involved in the strategic and operational program activities include:
- Lyle J. Fagnan, M.D., ORPRN Director
- Melinda Davis, Ph.D., ORPRN Research Scientist and Research Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
- Paul McGinnis, M.P.A., ORPRN Community Health & Practice Development Director
- David Buckley, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
- Richard A. Deyo, M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Family Medicine, Director of the OCTRI Community & Practice Research Program