Active Projects

Are you interested in learning more about any of our projects? Email orprn@ohsu.edu.

PI: Anne King, M.B.A.

Topic: Create a project roadmap for the "Transitions" Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) benefit package of the 1115 Waiver (1115 Waiver, Oregon's application to CMS to provide services beyond health).

Term: 2022-2023

ORPRN Contact: Anne King, M.B.A.

Email: kinga@ohsu.edu

PI: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

Topic: Develop 5 OCHIN community health clinics as sites for future clinical trials related to COVID-19 topics.

Term: 2022-2026

ORPRN Contact: LeAnn Michaels, B.S.

Email: michaell@ohsu.edu

PI: Annette Totten, Ph.D.

Topic: This pilot study is funded by the National Institute on Aging-Imbedded Pragmatic Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and AD-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) Clinical Trials (IMPACT) Collaboratory. It will assess the feasibility of using remote training and support for advance care planning (ACP) for dementia in primary care. Additionally, it will determine if primary care clinics can identify patients with dementia appropriate for ACP and track whether clinicians engage these patients and families in conversations and planning.

Term: 2021-2022

ORPRN Contact: Caitlin Dickinson, M.P.H.

Email: summerca@ohsu.edu

PI: Bruce Goldberg, M.D.

Topic: ORPRN acts as the bridge organization of a consortium to screen Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries for health-related social needs and connect them to community services. See the CMS website for more information about the AHC model.

Term: 2017-2022

ORPRN Contact: Bruce Goldberg, M.D.

Email: ahc@ohsu.edu

The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies. The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS CMS-1P1-17-001 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

PI: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

Topic: Increase screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) and medication assisted treatment (MAT) for unhealthy alcohol use.

Term: 2019-2022

ORPRN Contact: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

Email: antecedent@ohsu.edu

PI: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

Topic: A qualitative and quantitative examination of the impact of Congress’ VA MISSION Act (June 2019) on rural veterans’ access to and experience of care in rural Western states.

Term: 2019-2020

ORPRN Contact: Mary Patzel

Email: caravan@ohsu.edu

PI: Eric Simpson, M.D., M.C.R.; Nancy Elder, M.D., M.S.P.H. (site PI)

Topic: Pragmatic, community-based randomized trial to determine the effect of skin care education on the development of atopic dermatitis.

Term: 2018-2023

ORPRN Contact: LeAnn Michaels, B.S.

Email: cascadestudy@ohsu.edu

PI: Anne King, M.B.A.

Topic: Conduct Community Health Assessments for Coos and Curry counties (2023 CHAs).

Term: 2022

ORPRN Contact: Caitlin Dickinson, M.P.H.

Email: summerca@ohsu.edu

PI: Anne King, M.B.A.

Topic: The aim is to train up to 20 clinicians who are passionate about vaccine education and serving their community to participate in this project. These clinicians will provide up to 3 community workshops addressing COVID-19 vaccine confidence.

Term: 2022-2023

ORPRN Contact: Zoe Major-McDowall, B.S.

Email: majormcd@ohsu.edu

ORPRN Executive Sponsor: Anne King, M.B.A

Topic: The Oregon Health Authority’s Oregon Immunization Program is contracting with ORPRN to conduct COVID-19 vaccine quality assurance visits across Oregon. The purpose of these visits is to support and improve COVID-19 vaccine programs throughout the state. Each visit follows a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-devised format and will cover COVID-19 vaccine storage and handling, recordkeeping, and preparation best practices. Site visitors will also observe administration of the vaccine.  

Term: June 2021-June 2023

ORPRN Contact: Isabel Stock, B.S.

Email: stocki@ohsu.edu

Topic: In partnership with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest (NARA) to deliver technical assistance to primary care clinics to improve colorectal cancer screening and prevention.

PI: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

ORPRN Contact: Brittany Badicke, M.P.H.

Email: badicke@ohsu.edu

Topic: In partnership with Oregon Office of Disability Health,  recruit 50 providers to take a 35 min webinar training for free CME. The webinar will provide providers with tools to better treat and community with patients who have physical and/or mental disabilities.

PI: Willi Horner-Johnson, Ph.D.

Term: 2022-2023

ORPRN Contact: Anne King, M.B.A.

Email: kinga@ohsu.edu

Topic: This is part of a larger study with Dr. Brian Frank (OHSU Family Medicine); Support working with and interviewing key stakeholders to define the context, processes, and outcomes for a pilot in which an employer provides CHW services to a representative sample of employees at risk for type 2 diabetes.

PI: Brian Frank, M.D.

Term: 2022-2023

ORPRN Contact: Sara Wild, M.P.H.

Email: wilsa@ohsu.edu

Topic: Administer telephone social determinant of health and REAL-D screening to EOCCO and Summit health member and refer members with identified SDOH to resources in local communities.

PI: Anne King, M.B.A.

Term: 2021-2023

ORPRN Contact: Martha Snow, M.P.H.

Email: snowm@ohsu.edu

Topic: ORPRN administers the TCBIRP, which provides funding and technical assistance to health systems, clinics, public health, social service agencies and community advisory councils aimed at improving health care and population health in Eastern Oregon.

PI: Anne King, M.B.A.

Term: Ongoing

ORPRN Contact: Martha Snow, M.P.H.

Email: snowm@ohsu.edu

PI: Nancy Elder, M.D., M.S.P.H.

Topic: HEAL-OR is a five-year project focusing efforts in six rural counties in Oregon. Primary activities include: creating a rural advisory panel; utilizing the Project ECHO learning community model to improve health equity, access and quality in rural Oregon; partnering with Coordinated Care Organizations to guide ECHO programs; and creating a best practice toolkit.

Term: 2021-2026

ORPRN Contact: Maggie McLain McDonnell, M.P.H.

Email: healor@ohsu.edu

Topic: Partnered with the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and a consortium of primary care practice facilitation stakeholders to expand and further develop the International Conference on Practice Facilitation (ICPF) to address the growing professional needs of facilitators.  

PI: Melinda Dvis, Ph.D.

Term: 2020-2023

ORPRN Contact: Brittany Badicke, M.P.H.

Email: badicke@ohsu.edu

Topic: Provide technical assistance to CCOs to implement Medicaid flexibilities to address social determinants of health and equity.

PI: Anne King, M.B.A.

Term: 2021-2023

ORPRN Contact: Sara Wild, M.P.H.

Email: wilsa@ohsu.edu

Topic: Refine and pilot test a practical, feasible and acceptable step-by-step blueprint to assist with implementation of the ADA recommendations for integrating medical and psychosocial care for patients with DMII.

PI: Deborah Cohen, Ph.D.; Nancy Elder, M.D, M.S.P.H.

Term: 2020-2022

ORPRN Contact: Sara Wild, M.P.H.

Email: wilsa@ohsu.edu

Topic: This pilot is a systematic review of system dynamics models for cancer prevention and control, expansion of model of CRC screening, and two manuscripts.

PI: Melinda Davis, Ph.D

Term: 2022

ORPRN Contact: Erin Kenzie, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Email: kenzie@ohsu.edu

Topic: A cluster-randomized trial comparing team-based versus primary care clinician-focused advance care planning in practice-based research networks.

PI: Annette Totten, Ph.D. (U.S. PI); France Légaré, M.D., Ph.D. (Canada PI)

Term: 2017-2021

ORPRN Contact: LeAnn Michaels, B.A.

Website: www.PrimaryCareACP.org

Email: michaell@ohsu.edu

Topic: A tele-mentoring education model designed to build the capacity of primary care clinicians and educate clinical teams on a variety of topics.

Term: Ongoing

ORPRN Contact: Maggie McLain McDonnell, M.P.H.

Website: www.oregonechonetwork.org

Email: mclaima@ohsu.edu

Topic: In partnership with the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health to invest in infrastructure, collaborate with internal and external stakeholders and to offer valuable educational programming, and disseminate evidence-based practices for the professional public health workforce in Oregon.

PI:  Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

Term: 2021-2025

ORPRN Contact: Brittany Badicke, M.P.H.

Email: badicke@ohsu.edu

Topic: Testing how well an early test detects many types of cancer via simple blood draw.

PI: Dr. Tomasz Beer

Term: 2022-2023

ORPRN Contact: Laura Ferrara M.A. CCRP

Email: ferraral@ohsu.edu

Topic: Engage in a practice-specific intervention to reduce inappropriate opioid prescribing, improve patient outcomes, and promote more informed prescribing practices.

PI: Brigit Hatch, M.D., M.P.H.

Term: 2019-2023

ORPRN Contact: Victoria “Kati” Sanchez, M.S.

Email: sanchvic@ohsu.edu

Topic: Test novel interventions in rural primary care practices and rural community-based organizations intended to increase HPV vaccination completion in both males and females aged 11-17 years.

PI: LJ Fagnan, M.D.; Patricia Carney, Ph.D.

Term: 2018-2023

ORPRN Contact: Caitlin Dickinson, M.P.H.

Email: summerca@ohsu.edu

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Topic: To improve CRC screening rates, follow-up colonoscopy, and referral to care in rural Medicaid patients by implementing a direct mail fecal testing program with targeted outreach and patient navigation for follow-up colonoscopy.

PI: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

Term: 2019-2024

ORPRN Contact: Jen Coury, M.S.

Email: coury@ohsu.edu

Topic: Provide CCOs with technical assistance to implement the newly passed SDOH Social Needs and Referral measure.

PI: Anne King, M.B.A.

Term: 2022-2023

ORPRN Contact: Anne King, M.B.A,

Email: kinga@ohsu.edu

PI: Brigit Hatch, MD, MPH

Topic: The Oregon Health Authority’s Injury and Violence Prevention Section is contracting with ORPRN to learn more about suicide prevention in primary care. Through surveys and key informant interviews with clinicians throughout Oregon, we seek to understand: 1) How primary care clinics are approaching the topic of suicidality, 2) If/how patients are screened for suicidal ideation and/or depression, 3) What local resources exist for supporting patients, and 4) Clinician comfort and knowledge around this topic. This project is research and participation is voluntary.

Term: 2021-2022

ORPRN Contact: Tiff Weekley, MA

Email: weekley@ohsu.edu

Current topics include: 

  • Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions
  • Diabetes and Dental Health
  • Health-Related Services
  • Quality Improvement Training and Hypertension

Term: Ongoing/Varied

ORPRN Contact: Alisa Jackson, B.A.

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