Integrating Primary Care Practices and Community-based Resources to Manage Obesity
Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN)
ORPRN was established in 2002 with the mission to improve the health of rural populations in Oregon through conducting and promoting health research in partnership with the communities and practitioners we serve. In 2010, network membership included 161 clinicians and 49 primary care practices located in 37 rural communities throughout the State of Oregon.
ORPRN is directed by a steering committee of 9 rural Oregon primary care clinicians. The network has its main headquarters at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon with five regional offices staffed by Practice Enhancement and Research Coordinators (PERCs) that are distributed across the State. Go to Figure 1.
ORPRN research focuses on chronic disease prevention, practice transformation, and health services research in primary care and community settings. ORPRN also engages in community-based participatory research (CBPR) with our rural clinic and community partners to address the social determinants of health. Find additional information about ORPRN and our research at http://www.ohsu.edu/orprn/.