Active Projects

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

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

PI: David Dorr, M.D.

Topic: Demonstration project to achieve Triple Aim through five comprehensive primary care functions of access, care management, comprehensiveness and coordination, patient engagement and population health.

Term: 2017-2020

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

Email: cpcplusoregon@ohsu.edu

PI: Fernando Martinez, M.D. (Weill Cornell Medicine); MeiLan Han, M.D. (University of Michigan); Nancy Elder, M.D., M.S.P.H. (site PI)

Topic: Assess the ability of a 5-question screener, CAPTURE, to identify people at risk of COPD, and assess the best methods to implement CAPTURE screening within primary care practices.

Term: 2017-2021

ORPRN Contact: Nancy Elder, M.D., M.S.P.H.

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

Email: cascadestudy@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.

Term: Ongoing

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

Email: cbir@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

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

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.

Term: 2020-2022

ORPRN Contact: Nancy Elder, M.D., M.S.P.H.

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

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

Term: 2017-2021

ORPRN Contact: LeAnn Michaels, B.A.

Website: www.PrimaryCareACP.org

Email: metalarc_acp@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.

Email: oen@ohsu.edu

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

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

Term: 2019-2022

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

PI: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

Topic: Identify factors associated with higher levels of primary care practice readiness to implement direct mail programs to increase CRC screening in rural communities.

Term: 2017-2021

ORPRN Contact: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

PI: Gloria Coronado, Ph.D. (Kaiser Permanente NW); Melinda Davis, Ph.D. (site PI)

Topic: Test strategies to raise rates of colorectal cancer screening in federally qualified health centers utilizing reminder messaging from English- and Spanish-language Boot Camp Translation.

Term: 2016-2021

ORPRN Contact: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

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

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.

Term: 2018-2023

ORPRN Contact: LJ Fagnan, M.D.

Email: rave@ohsu.edu

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PI: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

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.

Term: 2019-2024

ORPRN Contact: Melinda Davis, Ph.D.

Email: smartercrc@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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Healthy Hearts Northwest (H2N) was one of seven regional cooperatives in AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW initiative, which was dedicated to helping small- and medium-sized primary care practices across the country use the latest evidence to improve the heart health of millions of Americans. Read more...