Know the Experts: Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network

June 22, 2015   |  Tags: Blog   |  Tags: Million Hearts , Rural , ORPRN , Institute Partner
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Institute programs rely on the content expertise of community organizations working to improve the quality of health care and the experience of caregivers. Without the leadership of these organizations the Institute would not be possible. Through a series of blog posts this month we are going to introduce these organizations and share more about their work through the Institute. If you would like to be connected to one of these organizations please visit their websites, or email the Institute if we can help answer questions or make introductions.


The Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) is a statewide network of primary care clinicians, community organizations and researchers who collaborate to understand and improve health care, and reduce health disparities for care delivered in rural communities. ORPRN works with practices on research studies and quality improvement projects to learn new methods of providing care and to implement evidence into care. ORPRN membership includes 170 primary care clinicians and 51 primary care practices which care for over 250,000 patients and are located in 40 Oregon communities.  Community-based partners and clinicians identify key research topics relevant to the communities they serve.

ORPRN has been a key part of the Institute since its launch, working with 18 practices to better understand their roles as Patient-Centered Primary Care Homes (PCPCH), and how patient engagement through shared-decision making can improve health outcomes, improve patient experience of care, and make the practice of primary care more fulfilling for care teams.  A defining feature of ORPRN is  the organization’s Practice Enhancement Research Coordinators, or PERCs, who live in communities across Oregon and work with practices and organizations in their region (you can meet the PERCs on ORPRN’s website).  Practices have reported a lot of positive changes after working with ORPRN in Institute Learning Collaboratives, including:

Our PERC and her fortitude kept us on track throughout the Learning Collaborative.  She made good suggestions and was always there to help.

ORPRN has reinforced their commitment to assist us in becoming a PCPCH. We know that if we need them, they are a phone call away and willing to help.

For those involved in the Learning Collaborative with ORPRN, it was great to set a goal and then watch our progress to achieving that goal. It has encouraged staff to come up with other ideas for improvement and how we may go about setting and achieving those goals.

The extensive education and reinforcement provided by ORPRN from goal setting, employee and provider engagement and quality improvements - all of the training they did made us set attaining a PCMH status as a priority for our clinic.

The following are webinars led by ORPRN through the Institute:

Currently, ORPRN is recruiting practices for a new initiative focused on Healthy Hearts measures.  Read more in ORPRN’s most recent newsletter.

ORPRN has and will continue to serve as a key partner for the Institute.  For more information on our other partners you can visit our website.