SafetyNet West: Conducting Research in Community Clinics
Two Practice-Based Research Networks with significant overlaps are Safety Net 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.
Safety Net West is an AHRQ-registered primary care research network consisting of the FQHCs and “look-alikes” that are members of OCHIN. The mission of Safety Net West is to improve the health of underserved populations, enhance their quality of care, and inform health policy through research.
Safety Net West is especially interested in collaborating on studies that examine effective interventions and delivery systems improvements that meet the following priorities:
- Understand and address health conditions common in safety net populations with known health disparities
- Have potential for improving health outcomes in these populations
- Evaluate interventions that have the potential to improve safety net practice
- Test health IT interventions to improve population health
- Are consistent with evidence-based practices.