Currently Recruiting Projects:

Improve Screening for Esophageal Cancer  

ORPRN has a new research project looking for rural clinical partners to improve screening for esophageal cancer in rural clinical settings called BEST-RPP.  We are partnering with OHSU gastroenterologist, Fouad Otaki, MD, who is investigating the feasibility of using a novel FDA-approved swallowable device to screen for Barrett's esophagus and esophageal cancer in primary care. The project includes a provider and staff in-service, an opportunity for providers and staff to provide feedback about the device and refer their eligible patients to screen for esophageal cancer with the device at their clinic.  

To learn more about BEST-RPP contact Laura Ferrara at ferraral@ohsu.edu.

Pregnant? Help Evaluate a Mindfulness Intervention 

Pregnant people aged 18-50 are invited to sign up for a 4-week study that looks at a mindfulness intervention to increase wellness and prevent depression during pregnancy and early parenting.  

This trial, sponsored by the OHSU School of Nursing, evaluates how well Center M, a mindfulness-based group intervention for pregnant people delivered through an app, can help promote well-being and reduce stress during pregnancy and after birth. Participants are compensated up to $140 depending on how many study activities they complete.  

For more information and to find out if you qualify, email preventpostpartumd@ohsu.edu

Technical Assistance for Colorectal Cancer Screening and Prevention

This program aims to raise colorectal cancer screening rates in primary care clinics by supporting evidence-based approaches in practices. Participating clinics will receive tailored technical assistance with quality improvement efforts related to colorectal cancer screening with program activities taking place from July 2024 – June 2025. Clinics new to the program can receive up to $7,500 for participation. It is sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority in partnership with ORPRN, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, and Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest.

To learn more, please contact Brittany Badicke at badicke@ohsu.edu

Technical Assistance for Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening

Sponsored by the Oregon Health Authority, this program aims to raise breast and cervical cancer screening rates in primary care clinics by supporting evidence-based approaches. Participating clinics will receive tailored technical assistance with quality improvement efforts related to breast and cervical cancer screening with program activities taking place from July 2024 – June 2025. Clinics new to the program can receive up to $10,000 for participation in the project.

To learn more, please contact Brittany Badicke at badicke@ohsu.edu.

Dementia Diagnosis in Oregon Primary Care Clinics

  • Why: To improve dementia diagnosing practices in primary care clinics
  • Who is eligible: Primary care clinics in Oregon
  • What: Participate in 8-series webinar program + engage in practice facilitation/TA for ~6 months
  • To get involved: Contact Leah Brandis at brandis@ohsu.edu

 

MATH — Promoting Math in Young Children: Leveraging pediatric clinics to reach underrepresented children in rural communities

  • Why: To improve math literacy in children aged 3-4.
  • Who is eligible: Pediatric clinics in rural Oregon
  • What: Teaching math literacy to preschool-aged children and enroll parents of children ages 3-4 years in 8-month texting program, hoping that texting program improves children's math literacy
  • To get involved: Contact Caitlin Dickinson at summerca@ohsu.edu

SMARTER CRC: Screening More Patients for Colorectal Cancer in Rural and Frontier Settings

  • Why: SMARTER CRC seeks to support rural clinics to deliver successful cancer screening outreach in rural settings. Compared to adults living in urban centers, adults living in rural and frontier communities have lower colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and follow-up rates. Relying on partnerships with clinics and regional organizations, the SMARTER CRC study is testing the scale-up of targeted mailed fecal tests and patient navigation programs.
  • Who is eligible: We are recruiting health care or community organizations (health plans, CCOs, health or clinic systems, or clinical practices) interested in improving rates of CRC screening using an outreach program.
  • What: Participating partners will be invited to a series of CRC learning collaborative sessions to learn how to plan for and implement a mailed fecal testing and patient navigation program. Our team will provide technical assistance and help train your organization to develop or extend an outreach program to those due for screening. We are especially interested in organizations with a rural or underserved population.
  • To get involved: Please contact SMARTERCRC at smartercrc@ohsu.edu for more information.

SDOH-HE: Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity Population Approaches to Chronic Disease Prevention, 2022-2023

  • Why: Support for clinics that want to use social needs data to inform clinical decision-making, and develop population-based approaches to prevent and manage chronic diseases.
  • Who is eligible:  The team is recruiting 25 clinics from across Oregon
  • What: The 9-month program involves 2 webinars and up to 12 hours of one-on-one technical assistance, including free EHR specialist support. Each clinic will work with ORPRN to develop and implement a quality improvement intervention of their choosing related to social needs and chronic disease prevention. 
  • To get involved: Please contact wilsa@ohsu.edu or call (971) 229-9303.