Currently Recruiting Projects:

CARAVAN: The MISSION Act's Impact on Rural Veteran Access to and Experience of Care

  • Why: Exploring rural Veteran perspectives on community care and evaluating the impact of the MISSION Act’s expansion on access to care
  • Who is eligible: Rural Oregon Veterans enrolled in the VA; rural VA & non-VA primary care clinical staff & administrators who provide care for rural Oregon Veterans
  • What: The CARAVAN team will interview up to 25 rural Veterans and up to 25 VA & non-VA primary care clinical staff & administrators to better understand rural Veteran experiences with care within the first year of MISSION Act implementation. Participants will engage in one interview each of length up to one hour and will receive a gift card as a thank you.
  • To get involved: Please contact or call (503) 551-8122

ANTECEDENT: Partnerships to Enhance Alcohol Screening Treatment and Intervention

Infographic for ANTECEDENT Study
  • Why: Unhealthy alcohol use is a leading cause of death in the U.S. due to range of factors, including health-related diseases (cancer, heart disease), suicide and car accidents. At $249 billion, annual societal costs from unhealthy alcohol use are similar to that of all other drugs combined. During COVID, the average number of drinks per day is 29% higher, and rates of binge drinking and heavy drinking are up. Primary care clinics can help address unhealthy alcohol use by implementing systematic screening, brief intervention, referral to treatment (SBIRT) and medication-assisted treatment. ANTECEDENT supports clinics in improving systems to address unhealthy alcohol use.
  • Who is eligible: All family medicine and internal medicine clinics in Oregon
  • What: The ANTECEDENT team will support 80 primary care clinics for 15 months to support data reporting, clinical workflows, and integrating SBIRT into routine care.
  • To get involved: Please contact or call (503) 494-4365

PINPOINT: Pain and Opioid Management

Infographic for PINPOINT study
  • Why: Nearly five Oregonians die each week from an opioid overdose, and Oregon has one of the highest rates of prescription opioid misuse in the United States. PINPOINT addresses the opioid overdose epidemic and highlights the need for an interdisciplinary public health approach.
  • Who is eligible: All family medicine and internal medicine clinics in Oregon
  • What: The PINPOINT team will support 60 clinics through a regional quality improvement training, monthly quality improvement coaching, and academic detailing to address chronic pain management and opioid prescribing practices.
  • To get involved: Please contact Caitlin Dickinson, PINPOINT Project Manager, at or call (971) 291-7722

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: Clinics located in rural or frontier Oregon with 30 or more Medicaid patients who are eligible for colon cancer screening
  • What: Participating clinics will receive free staff Patient Navigation Training, technical assistance with fecal testing programs to raise colon cancer screening rates, and access to centralized implementation support for colon cancer screening.
  • To get involved: Please contact Emily Myers at or call (503) 318-2293

Social Determinant of Health and Health Equity Population Approaches to Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention

  • Why: Social determinants of health (SDOH) and health equity (HE) are now broadly recognized as having a major impact on chronic disease. Conditions where people live and structural inequities related to race, language, income, zip code, and disability factor strongly in people’s ability to receive evidence-based preventive services and practice healthy lifestyle activities. This makes SDOH-HE population-based approaches a key strategy for prevention of chronic disease.
  • Who is eligible: Clinics in Oregon that are collecting social determinants of health data
  • What: The project team will support 15 clinics through a combination of education and technical assistance to use their SDOH-HE data to inform clinical decision-making, and develop population-based approaches to prevention of diabetes and heart disease.
  • To get involved: Please contact Sara Wild, project manager, at or call (971) 229-9303