Plenary One

Title: Practice-based research (and learning) networks in primary care: opportunities for partnership and pragmatic clinical trials

Sabrina Wong, RN, PhD

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Dr. Wong is a senior investigator and currently serves as the National Institute of Nursing Research’s Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research.  Dr. Wong’s contributions as a scholar and leader in primary care research are widely recognized, nationally and internationally. She earned her bachelor’s in nursing, from the University of British Columbia; her masters degree in health administration and community health and doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco. Her dissertation examined access to care for Latinx and African American children through a nurse practitioner-led clinic. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco Institute for Health Services and Policy Studies. In past roles, she has served as the co-chair for the Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network, playing a central role in the development of a primary care federated clinical electronic medical record repository that can be used for research, disease surveillance and quality improvement. She has a long-standing commitment to health and healthcare inequities, particularly in the area of primary health care.

Dr. Wong’s own research focuses in the area of primary and community-based care. She examines interventions at the practice and geographic level that could improve health and healthcare outcomes, particularly for those who are made vulnerable due to multiple intersecting social determinants of health. Another part of her work is development of electronic medical record data linked to patient reported experience and outcome measures as a potential source of information to inform practice and communicable and non-communicable disease surveillance. Her research portfolio includes research on team based care and early identification of issues (e.g. frailty, potentially avoidable antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections) where primary care can intervene. Dr. Wong and her colleagues have increased national and international attention to patient reported experiences and outcomes and the use of primary care electronic medical record data. Dr. Wong has also been part of teams developing primary care equity-oriented interventions.

Plenary Two

Title: Building a Network for Community-engaged Primary Care Research

Erika Cottrell, PhD, MPP

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Erika Cottrell holds a joint appointment as an Investigator at OCHIN and as an Assistant Professor at OHSU. She earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University, and her BA in Anthropology from Luther College. Dr. Cottrell’s primary areas of research include social determinants of health, health equity, maternal/child health, patient health experiences, and health policy. At OCHIN, she is involved in research projects focused on understanding the impact of community- and individual-level social determinants of health on health care outcomes; developing and testing EHR-based tools for identifying and addressing social determinants of health in community health centers; and evaluating the impact of payment reform and policy changes (including the Affordable Care Act) on reproductive health care utilization in safety-net settings. At OHSU, Dr. Cottrell serves as the Director of the Health Experiences Research Core for the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute.

Dr. Anne Gaglioti, MD

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Anne Gaglioti is a family physician and serves as an Associate Professor at The Population Health Research Institute at The MetroHealth System and Case Western Reserve University and the Center for Community Health Integration at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Senior Strategic Advisor and Associate Professor at the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and completed her medical school and residency training in Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and completed fellowship training in Primary Care Health Policy and Research at Georgetown University and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Washington, DC. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Research at Morehouse School of Medicine. Her academic career as a teacher and researcher has been focused on advancing equity, patient and stakeholder engaged research infrastructure, and measurement of the impact the primary care system has on health and health equity. She is co-director of the Southeast Regional Clinicians Network (SERCN), a practice-based research network made up of Federally Qualified Health Centers across eight southeastern states. In this role, she conducts practice-based research in the primary care safety net grounded in a robust patient and stakeholder engagement infrastructure. She is also a health services researcher and her work with health care claims and other large datasets focuses on the intersection of primary care, place, and health equity among populations disproportionately impacted by health inequities.

Anna Templeton, DNP, RN

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Dr. Anna Templeton is a women’s health project director and leads the Engagement Core in development of resources and processes to involve patients, providers, health system leaders, and key stakeholders in research. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from the University of Washington in Community Health and has a background in family practice nursing at a Federally Qualified Health Center in rural Vermont. Dr. Templeton has worked in primary care, academic, governmental, and non-profit settings facilitating practice-based research network development and directing mixed-methods preventive care studies focused on policy and practice interventions to support evidence-based care delivery and access. Particular areas of interest include reproductive and family health, primary care workforce, and the intersection of practice, policy, and research to improve health equity.

Denita T. Walston, MS

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Denita T. Walston is the director of the MSM Network for Community-Engaged Primary Care Research (NCPCR) and associate network director and leads the stakeholder engagement initiative of the Southeast Regional Clinicians Network (SERCN) housed in the Research Division of the National Center for Primary Care (NCPC) at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). SERCN is an AHRQ registered Practice-based research network comprised of 8 southeastern states (GA, KY, FL, MS, AL, NC, SC, and TN) or HHS Region IV. SERCN has more than 238 FQHCs and 1700 clinic sites that serve over 4 million patients. Her experience in stakeholder engagement, project operations and management contributes to the NCPC mission to strive toward health equity. Denita is a graduate of Clayton State University with a Bachelor of Art in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Human Studies and a graduate of New England College with a Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Health Care Administration.

Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by 1R13HS029438-02 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.