Community and Practice Research Program Retreat 2008

Retreat Summary

September 5th, 2008

Key Points

  • Over 50 people participated, from a the following organizations: Asian Health & Service Center, CareOregon, KP Center for Health Research, KP Dental Associates, Multnomah County Health Dept., OCHIN, OHSU, Oregon Dept. of Human Services, Portland VAMC, Providence Health System, PSU, Samaritan Health System, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
  • Community-Engaged Research

    • The research relationship should be based on reliability, transparency and inclusiveness at all stages of the research process.

    • Trust and relationships should not be built solely in response to an RFA, but should be ongoing and beneficial to both parties.

  • Tips on making research relevant to public policy from Rep. Mitch Greenlick, M.D.
    • Start developing the answer years before being asked the question.
    • Remember the difference between being an advocate and a policy expert.
    • Remember the difference between a point estimate and a confidence interval.
    • Don't show off.
  • Guidelines for research in the Kaiser Permanente system
    • Involve Kaiser early in the proposal development process
    • Plan to have a KPCHR co-investigator on any study. This allows Kaiser to ensure compliance with all organization-specific regulations.
  • All organizations represented on the Public Policy panel are open to research collaboration and would welcome being approached.