WHO WE ARE
The ADVANCE Clinical Research Network (CRN) is led by OCHIN in partnership with Fenway Health, Health Choice Network (HCN) and Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). The goal of ADVANCE is to build and maintain a “community laboratory” of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serving safety net patients, including the uninsured, the under-insured, undocumented immigrants, and other vulnerable populations.
The ADVANCE Data Warehouse maintains data on over 7 million patients and is the nation’s most comprehensive dataset on care and health outcomes in safety net patients. ADVANCE is one of 8 large Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) in the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) distributed research network, called PCORnet®. The goal of PCORnet® is to create a national network of representative data for conducting comparative effectiveness and clinical outcomes research.
It is the mission of OCHIN Research to improve the health of underserved populations, enhance quality of care, and inform health policy through research. Our studies examine interventions and delivery system improvements, especially those that focus on: understanding and addressing health conditions; improving health outcomes; evaluating interventions; testing health information technology interventions; and implementing evidence-based practices.
OCHIN Research is guided by the OCHIN Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN). The OCHIN PBRN, registered with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in 2007, is comprised of clinicians and patients from OCHIN member clinics. The PBRN is housed at OCHIN to maximize its focus on community based research. Its mission is to conduct research with potential to directly benefit safety net patients, to develop and improve OCHIN’s data resources for research purposes, to partner with interested researchers, and to translate research findings into practice.
Health Choice Network (HCN)
Health Choice Network, Inc. is a successful nation-wide collaboration among health centers, health center controlled networks and partners. By providing key business services, strategic initiatives and the latest in health information technology, participants can improve patient outcomes through increased efficiencies and more accessible care.
Health Choice Network is a leader in implementing the electronic health record, oral health record and soon in behavioral health record. The new technology enables health care providers to document, communicate and track medical information, while patients benefit from faster service, reduced errors and safer transmission of information among labs, pharmacies, hospitals and physicians.
Fenway Health is a national leader in providing LGBT-competent care to patients. A federally-qualified community health center with a mission to provide quality health care to LGBT people in New England, Fenway brings 45 years of experience providing quality care for LGBT populations. Located in the heart of Boston, Fenway serves a diverse group of about 30,000 primary care patients, nearly half of whom identify as LGBT, 10% percent of whom are HIV-infected, and 30% of whom are racial and ethnic minorities.
Oregon Health and Science University: Department of Family Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only academic health center. It provides an uncommon array of services from providing the state’s most comprehensive health care, to educating the next generation of clinicians and biomedical researchers, to achieving breakthroughs and innovations.
The Department of Family Medicine has made it their mission to serve patients and communities through excellence in clinical care, education, research, and leadership in Family Medicine.