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ORPRN Awarded New Projects

2020 is shaping up to be a busy one for ORPRN. Work has begun on three new projects awarded to ORPRN in the fall of 2019.

ANTECEDENT (pArtNerships To Enhance alCohol scrEening, treatment, anD intervention) is part of a $16 million award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that aims to enroll more than 700 practices across the country to increase screening and treatment for unhealthy alcohol use. ORPRN will enroll 150 practices and support them in implementing, reporting, and creating systems around the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).

PINPOINT (PaIn aNd oPIoId maNagemenT) is a 3-year CDC-funded collaboration that focuses on the complex and changing nature of the opioid overdose epidemic. At ORPRN, PINPOINT will address chronic pain management and the opioid epidemic. ORPRN will enroll 60 clinics and support them with quality improvement training and supplemental support including a learning collaborative, coaching, and access to addiction medicine telementoring ECHO programs.

Smarter CRC (Screening More Patients for CRC through Adapting and Refining Targeted Evidence-based Interventions in Rural Settings) is a 5-year project to increase colorectal cancer screenings, follow-up colonoscopy, and referral to care among rural Medicaid enrollees in Oregon. Partnered with Kaiser, ORPRN will adapt a direct mail and outreach program to reach rural/frontier populations in Oregon.  We will begin recruitment of 30 rural primary care clinics in March 2020.

Message from Nancy Elder, M.D., M.S.P.H., ORPRN Director

Nancy Elder, M.D., ORPRN Director

Welcome to the Oregon Rural Practice Based Research Network (ORPRN)!  We are a statewide network of primary care practices committed to providing high quality care to diverse populations of patients. Our mission statement,To improve health outcomes and equity for all Oregonians through community partnered dialogue, coaching, education and research” is more than just words – it truly describes all the amazing ways we work with practices to achieve that goal.

We strive to partner with our primary care communities in all that we do.  Several of our staff live in rural Oregon, and those of us based at our central location in Portland at OHSU travel the state to listen to physicians, providers, staff, patients, insurers and community members in order to understand their needs and concerns.  We bring ideas to them from researchers, academics and funders.  Through conversation, we make decisions together about what projects and programs to pursue.

We use practice facilitation or coaching as a key method for helping primary care improve practice or participate in research projects.  Our Practice Enhancement and Research Coordinators (or PERCs) are skilled individuals who bring experience and expertise in quality improvement, communication, research, team science and behavior change to their visits and conversations with primary care physicians and staff. 

Practice transformation is not static, and we provide ongoing education to practices through the Oregon Echo Network, housed within ORPRN, and by providing technical assistance training to many primary care physicians, staff, and quality improvement leaders throughout the state.

Research continues to be the core backbone of ORPRN, as we work with both practices and investigators from OHSU and around Oregon and the United States to examine, create, explore and test new ways of delivering primary care to innovating methods for health screenings to comparing treatment modalities for important diseases.

So welcome to ORPRN!  We are always looking for ways to partner with new practices, researchers and community groups.  Please contact us with any questions, comments, suggestions or ideas!

—Nancy Elder