2021 Practice-based Research Network (PBRN) Conference

The PBRN Conference welcomed 160 PBRN researchers from the US, Canada, and many other nations to come together virtually to share strategies, methods, and results. The theme for the 2021 conference was "PBRNs: Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion" The agenda included innovations and research projects on diverse topics of interest to community clinicians, practice facilitators/study coordinators, and network leadership.



Opening Remarks
Donald E. Nease, Jr., MD, Michelle Greiver, MD, MSc 
Conference Co-chairs
Arlene Bierman, MD, MS, Director
Center of Evidence and Practice Improvement for AHRQ

Plenary I
The Promise of Equity and Diversity in Clinical Research.
Dr. Nadine Barrett

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke University. She currently holds a joint senior leadership role as Director of Equity, and Community and Stakeholder Strategy for the Duke Cancer Institute and the Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute, and directs The Center for Equity in Research. A medical sociologist by training, Dr. Barrett is a health disparities researcher, expert equity strategist, and a nationally-recognized leader in facilitating community/stakeholder and academic partnerships to advance health equity and developing training and methods to address implicit bias and structural and systemic racism that limits diverse participation in biomedical research. Her goals are to integrate diverse stakeholder engagement in the research process and healthcare systems, increase enrollment of underrepresented groups in biomedical research, increase diversity in the research workforce, and advance health equity. Prior to her current role, Dr. Barrett was the inaugural director of the Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Health Equity, where for eight years she led a team to create a nationally awarded community engagement model to advance health equity, through patient navigation, nationally funded pipeline training programs for underrepresented race and ethnic groups, and authentic community partnerships to inform and drive research and quality healthcare as advisors, experts, and participants. Her leadership in both nonprofit and academia spans local, national, and international partnerships to better serve and engage historically marginalized and underserved populations.

Plenary II
Can Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Initiatives be Transformative in Research?
Dr. Andrew Pinto

Dr. Andrew Pinto is the founder and director of the Upstream Lab, a research group focused on integrating health and social care, population health management and using data to enable proactive care. He is a Public Health and Preventive Medicine specialist, family physician and scientist in MAP/Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital of Unity Health Toronto, and an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, appointed to the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He is the Associate Director for Clinical Research at the University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network (UTOPIAN) and co-chairs the Clinical Research Committee of the Primary Care Ontario Practice Based Learning & Research Network (POPLAR). Dr. Pinto is also the lead for artificial intelligence in a new initiative at the Department of Family and Community Medicine on how new technologies will change healthcare.

Health Equity Research Funding Panel Discussion
Interact with representatives from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), as they share information and insights on efforts to fund research addressing diversity, equity and inclusion and ways PBRNs can advance this work.

Rick Glazier, MD
CIHR Institute of Health Services and Policy Research
View Dr. Glazier's presentation slides here.

George A. Mensah, MD FACC, FAHA
NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
View Dr. Mensah presentation slides here.

Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD
NIH Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
View Dr. Perez-Stable's presentation slides here.

CME Information

The AAFP has reviewed 2021 PBRN Virtual Conference and deemed it acceptable for up to 10.00 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 06/24/2021 to 06/25/2021. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AMA / AAFP Equivalency:
AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.

For all AAFP credit equivalencies and recognition, please see the AAFP Credit System website.

Download your 2021 PBRN Conference CME Certificate. 


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