Practice-Based Research Networks

The Community & Practice Research (CPR) program supports and facilitates the work of local Practice-based Research Networks (PBRNs). PBRNs provide ideal circumstances for testing quality innovations and improvements in clinical care in diverse populations.

The CPR program works closely with the Oregon Rural Practice Network (ORPRN) directed by CPR team member LJ Fagnan. ORPRN is a statewide network of rural primary care clinicians dedicated to improving the health of rural Oregonians through community and practice-based clinical research.

Two other Practice-based Research Networks with significant overlaps are SafetyNet West, a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout northern California, Oregon and southern Washington, and OCHIN whose mission is to improve the health of the medically underserved through the best use of information and information technology. OCHIN now includes 23 organizations and approximately 150 clinics that provide care to underserved patients with an over-representation of racial and ethnic minorities, Medicaid patients and uninsured patients. All clinics in the OCHIN network share the same EPIC electronic record system, providing for unparalleled research opportunities with underserved populations.