Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network receives P-30 award

The Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) has received a five-year P-30 award as a Center of Excellence in Primary Care Practice-Based Research and Learning from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). 

ORPRN is the core practice-based research network (PBRN) for Meta-LARC (Meta-network Learning and Research Center), a consortium comprised of six PBRNs. Meta-LARC is one of eight research collaborative institutions receiving this award from AHRQ.

ORPRN has established itself as the core center for Meta-LARC by successfully collaborating and networking with other PBRNs. 

"The agreement among five strong, well established PBRNs to collaborate with ORPRN is evidence of our strong track record as both a successful collaborator and an effective leader of collaborative research," said ORPRN Director and Meta-LARC Principal Investigator Lyle J. Fagnan, M.D.

Meta-LARC will accelerate the generation of knowledge and create a venue for community learning. The consortium aims to:

  • Foster the capabilities of six PBRNs comprised of 6,000 clinicians in 533 primary care practices through a robust collaboration designed to conduct research to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of primary care.
  • Accelerate the conduct of PBRN research through a well designed, high functioning common infrastructure that enables the efficient conduct of research.
  • Promote continuous learning and sharing across Meta-LARC networks and practices to accelerate the dissemination of knowledge and bi-directional communication.

In addition to ORPRN, Meta-LARC Network members include the Iowa Research Network (IRENE), State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices and Partners (SNOCAP), OCHIN Safety Net West PBRN (SNW), the Quebec Practice Based Research Network (QPBRN), and the Wisconsin Research & Education Network (WREN). Jennifer DeVoe, M.D., Ph.D., D.Phil., associate professor of family medicine, directs OCHIN Safety Net West PBRN.

"ORPRN has become a major contributor to community outreach, community based research and health care transformation across rural Oregon.In addition to the collaborative opportunities created with the five academic institutions that are part of Meta-LARC, the award contributes to the essential scientific capacities of ORPRN," said Eric Orwoll, M.D., associate dean for clinical science and director of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI).

OCTRI receives major funding from a NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and ORPRN is an integral part of OCTRI's Community & Practice Research Program. Five of the Meta-LARC PBRNs are also affiliated with a CTSA funded institution, creating an opportunity for Meta-LARC to develop collaborations with the CTSA Consortium.

Meta-LARC's work will enable primary care to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of care to an estimated three million patients in rural, urban and underserved communities.

OCTRI is funded by a CTSA grant (UL1RR024140) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Information on Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN).

Information on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).