CORE STAFF

Vance Bauer

Project Director

ABOUT VANCE BAUER

As VP of Research, Vance Bauer promotes and facilitates leading-edge research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research, in areas related to the goals of OCHIN and OCHIN’s member health care systems. Since joining OCHIN in 2011, he has helped create the nation’s foremost community laboratory for health outcomes, policy, and primary care research with vulnerable and underserved populations. Vance also serves as the Project Director for the OCHIN-led ADVANCE Clinical Data Research Network (CDRN) funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, one of only 13 funded CDRNs in the nation. Vance has over 20 years of experience managing complex research networks and projects and directing research teams. Prior to joining OCHIN, he worked at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR) for over 10 years where he served as both a research associate and project manager. While at CHR, Vance played a pivotal role in establishing OCHIN’s Practice Based Research Network and supported the creation of research infrastructure at OCHIN. Prior to joining CHR, he was a senior research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. Vance obtained a Masters of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Reed College.

Jon Puro, MPA, HA

Principal Investigator

ABOUT JON PURO

Jon Puro has been working in safety net research and reporting for more than 20 years. His primary expertise is the design, use and deployment of information systems for collecting and disseminating data and reports to consumers of health care information, specializing in database modeling and data warehouse architecture. Throughout his professional career, he has served as data analyst, database administrator, data architect and manager in several health care settings, including OCHIN; Multnomah County, Oregon; CareOregon; and Kaiser Permanente. He has worked on numerous studies involving the use of information technology and natural language processing for improving health care, including the NIH-funded Automating Assessment of Asthma Care Quality and Automating Assessment of Obesity Care Quality studies, as well as an AHRQ-funded grant titled Enhancing Clinical Effectiveness Research with Natural Language Process of EMR (CER-HUB). He has served as co-chair of the national Community HRSA-funded Health Applied Research Network (CHARN) Data Committee and the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) HIT Committee, and is part of the NIH Collaboratory project. Jon also volunteers for the Global Health Research Foundation (GHRF), an institute dedicated to the betterment of global health through the use of information technology. For GHRF, Jon has traveled to and worked with the governments of Uganda and Bhutan to assist with various health care information technology needs and projects. He currently is a Research Informatics Scientist with OCHIN where he serves as PI of the ADVANCE Clinical Data Research Network and manages the OCHIN research analytics team.

Jen DeVoe, MD, DPhil

Co-Principal Investigator

ABOUT JEN DEVOE

Dr. Jennifer (Jen) DeVoe is a practicing family physician and health services researcher based in Portland, Oregon. She has served as a faculty member in the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Department of Family Medicine since 2004 and was selected to chair this department in July 2016. She served as the first Chief Research Officer and Director of the OCHIN PBRN from 2010-2016 where she worked with an amazing team to build a unique community laboratory. She now serves as OCHIN’s Senior Research Advisor and enjoys mentoring the next generation of primary care researchers. She is the immediate past President of the North American Primary Care Research Group.  With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Dr. DeVoe studies access to health care, disparities in care, and how policy changes and transformations in primary care affect patients’ health outcomes. She and her team pioneered the use of electronic health record data in research, studying primary care utilization by uninsured and underinsured populations, which has garnered her national attention, particularly relating to the Affordable Care Act. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in 1993 and an MD from Harvard Medical School in 1999. She also earned an MPhil and DPhil degree from Oxford University in 1998 and 2001, respectively. She completed her family medicine residency at OHSU in 2004.

Jee Oakley

Project Manager

ABOUT JEE OAKLEY

Jee Oakley joined OCHIN in 2016 and currently is a Research Associate I.  As a Project Manager, Jee Oakley is responsible for day-to-day management of the ADVANCE project plans and timelines, ensuring that ADVANCE and all partners meet deliverables related to PCORnet project milestones.  Jee has experiences in proposal management, project coordination, and program administration; and has worked with our partners during their pre-award, proposal phases as the Front Door Coordinator prior to joining ADVANCE.  She is a graduate of Oregon Health & Science University with a MPH in Primary Health Care and Health Disparities, and has emphasized interests in research areas that focuses on access to health care and social determinants of health.

Nikki Stover

Research Coordinator

ABOUT NIKKI STOVER

Nikki Stover has been working at OCHIN since 2010 and embarked on her career in research at the start of 2016. As a Research Coordinator, Nikki supports a multitude of research projects and initiatives that focus on improving health care, safety-net populations, social determinants of health, clinic and patient impact, as well as co-leading patient and clinician engagement efforts at OCHIN. Nikki also serves as a Research Coordinator for the ADVANCE network and oversees the development and execution of quarterly newsletters, project tracking, progress report submission, and general project management support. Nikki is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University, College of Public Health and is slated to graduate in 2017. She plans on pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health/Policy in the near future.

Kay Dickerson

Patient Representative

ABOUT KAY DICKERSON

“I am a caregiver and advocate for my husband, who has multiple chronic medical conditions. In my spare time, I am a volunteer with multiple patient and community boards. I have been a member of the Board of Directors at Oregon Health & Science University Family Medicine at Richmond Health Center FQHC since 2007. I’m also on the OHSU Richmond Patient Advisory Council and a member of their Quality Improvement Committee. I joined the Community Health Engagement Advocates at CareOregon (Oregon’s Medicaid Managed Care Organization). I am a founding member of OCHIN’s Patient Engagement Panel, and I have been a Patient Investigator for ADVANCE since the program began in 2014. I have attended multiple healthcare advocacy trainings since 2011 and have participated in advocacy initiatives at the Oregon state capitol. In August 2014, I was a co-presenter at the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC. Our presentation, titled “Engaging Patients to Inform Community Health Research within a Practice-Based Research Network” was well-attended and well-received. I look forward to partnering with Dr. DeVoe, Mr. Puro and the ADVANCE team as we move into PCORnet Phase II. I will continue to serve as a Patient Investigator, and my personal experience with healthcare and history partnering with researchers will provide much-needed insight into the project.”

John Muench

Clinician Investigator

ABOUT JOHN MUENCH

John Muench, MD, is the Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Muench focuses his research work on the development of a new curriculum for residents that center on SBIRT practices related to substance abuse.

CORE STAFF

Jee Oakley

Project Manager

ABOUT JEE OAKLEY

Jee Oakley joined OCHIN in 2016 and currently is a Research Associate I.  As a Project Manager, Jee Oakley is responsible for day-to-day management of the ADVANCE project plans and timelines, ensuring that ADVANCE and all partners meet deliverables related to PCORnet project milestones.  Jee has experiences in proposal management, project coordination, and program administration; and has worked with our partners during their pre-award, proposal phases as the Front Door Coordinator prior to joining ADVANCE.  She is a graduate of Oregon Health & Science University with a MPH in Primary Health Care and Health Disparities, and has emphasized interests in research areas that focuses on access to health care and social determinants of health.

Nikki Stover

Research Coordinator

ABOUT NIKKI STOVER

Nikki Stover has been working at OCHIN since 2010 and embarked on her career in research at the start of 2016. As a Research Coordinator, Nikki supports a multitude of research projects and initiatives that focus on improving health care, safety-net populations, social determinants of health, clinic and patient impact, as well as co-leading patient and clinician engagement efforts at OCHIN. Nikki also serves as a Research Coordinator for the ADVANCE network and oversees the development and execution of quarterly newsletters, project tracking, progress report submission, and general project management support. Nikki is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University, College of Public Health and is slated to graduate in 2017. She plans on pursuing a master’s degree in Public Health/Policy in the near future.

Kay Dickerson

Patient Representative

ABOUT KAY DICKERSON

“I am a caregiver and advocate for my husband, who has multiple chronic medical conditions. In my spare time, I am a volunteer with multiple patient and community boards. I have been a member of the Board of Directors at Oregon Health & Science University Family Medicine at Richmond Health Center FQHC since 2007. I’m also on the OHSU Richmond Patient Advisory Council and a member of their Quality Improvement Committee. I joined the Community Health Engagement Advocates at CareOregon (Oregon’s Medicaid Managed Care Organization). I am a founding member of OCHIN’s Patient Engagement Panel, and I have been a Patient Investigator for ADVANCE since the program began in 2014. I have attended multiple healthcare advocacy trainings since 2011 and have participated in advocacy initiatives at the Oregon state capitol. In August 2014, I was a co-presenter at the Institute for Patient and Family Centered Care Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC. Our presentation, titled “Engaging Patients to Inform Community Health Research within a Practice-Based Research Network” was well-attended and well-received. I look forward to partnering with Dr. DeVoe, Mr. Puro and the ADVANCE team as we move into PCORnet Phase II. I will continue to serve as a Patient Investigator, and my personal experience with healthcare and history partnering with researchers will provide much-needed insight into the project.”

John Muench

Clinician Investigator

ABOUT JOHN MUENCH

John Muench, MD, is the Director of Behavioral Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Muench focuses his research work on the development of a new curriculum for residents that center on SBIRT practices related to substance abuse.

The Patient Engagement Panel (PEP) ensures that patient voices are heard. PEP members work with policy makers, providers and researchers to improve patients’ health care experiences. The PEP works together with healthcare information technology and researchers to build better research studies and help people live healthier lives. PEP members gain insight and understanding of the research process and what sort of research is taking place in their doctor’s office. PEP members also help OCHIN present research findings to patients, caregivers and patient communities in an accessible way.

 For more information, please email the OCHIN Patient Engagement Coordinators at

PEP Members

Jean Baker

PEP Member since 2014

Being a patient advocate, you can bring firsthand knowledge to the study to match their intellectual interest.

ABOUT JEAN BAKER

Jean Baker is a long time resident of Portland who is interested in finding methods of alleviating the drawbacks to health caused by Social Determinants of Health. As a member of the OCHIN, Inc. Patient Engagement Panel (PEP) and a board member at OHSU Richmond Clinic, Jean is an avid advocate for patients. Her knowledge is based on years of volunteer work with organizations that raise funds, feed the homeless, and organize food and clothing drives. She became a member of PEP because she wanted to find a way to help patients connect to applicable community resources.

When asked “Why is the PEP important to you?” –

It’s surprising that PEP is needed because researchers are also patients. Perhaps they are so focused on the data that they don’t think about the implications of the results beyond the final report.

Kay Dickerson

PEP Member since 2013

I’ve enjoyed meeting research members to learn from them and broaden my points of understanding

ABOUT KAY DICKERSON

Kay Dickerson is a retired civil service employee who serves as a caregiver and advocate for her husband, who has multiple chronic medical conditions. In her spare time she volunteers with multiple patient and community boards. Since 2007 she has served on the Board of Directors at Oregon Health & Science University Family Medicine at Richmond Health Center FQHC. She is also on the OHSU Richmond Patient Advisory Council and a member of their Quality Improvement Committee. She joined the Community Health Engagement Advocates at CareOregon (Oregon’s Medicaid Managed Care Organization) which lead to lead to many social opportunities, including being in the Starlight Parade, Portland’s annual Rose Festival event. She has attended multiple healthcare advocacy trainings since 2011 and participated in advocacy initiatives at the Oregon state capitol. With enthusiasm to help others and give back to her community, Kay looks forward to continuing her efforts as a PEP member and patient investigator by sharing her personal experiences and insight with healthcare while partnering with researchers.

The PEP has been important to me because it gives a voice to the patient that is not actually working in the medical fields. I strongly believe since we are ALL patients, then ALL patients should have equal say in how we access medical care, the options available and to be treated as equal partners in our health care and health care delivery system.

Kathy Norman

PEP Member since 2013

The PEP has been important to me because it gives a voice to the patient that is not actually working in the medical fields.  I strongly believe since we are ALL patients, then ALL patients should have equal say in how we access medical care, the options available and to be treated as equal partners in our health care and health care delivery system.

ABOUT KATHY NORMAN

After high school Kathy went right into the Army, which is what first sparked her interest in medical advocacy.  After her initial training as a combat medic she was the first enlisted female assigned to the post as a medic in a Troop Medical Clinic.  As more women were assigned to the post the advocacy began. That theme followed her through college and into her professional career in Parole and Probation.  As a corrections counselor it was all about helping people on probation advocate for the services they needed for their success. At that time accessing medical care with addiction issues was a challenge. After retiring Kathy found herself in rural Oregon doing volunteer work at her local health care clinic, Winding Waters Clinic (now a FQHC), which lead to her becoming a founding member of thier PAC and OCHIN’s PEP.

When asked “What type of research would you be interested in working on in the future?” –

Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), LGBTQ/SOGI issues, chronic pain/opioid issues and HEP C.  These were all areas that were core concerns for the people I worked with before retiring.

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Patty Poston

PEP Member since 2014

The biggest lesson I have learned as a patient advocate is that I am valued.  My experiences, my opinions, are all valued, as both a learning tool for the researchers, and as a patient in previous research to let others who have never participated in research, to know a little of what they can expect to happen.  While all research is different, all of it is also much the same.  We all want a good outcome for the benefit of the future.

ABOUT PATTY POSTON

Patty Poston first became involved in medical research when she worked on an Alzheimer’s study as Intake Clerk.  She was first contact with family, caregivers, and their doctors hoping to qualify their person for the study.

A decade later, she found herself involved in several studies as a patient, doing everything from simple surveys and medications, to small invasive procedures (blood draws, etc.), and various hearing tests at the National Hearing Research Center at the VA Hospital as a ‘normal—never been in combat’ for comparison to the Veterans who had been .  Being a research subject was very interesting experience and she hoped to benefit from it someday.

In March 2014, she was asked to get involved in OCHIN’s Patient Engagement Panel (PEP).  At first she wasn’t sure if it was something she wanted to do, but during her first meeting she was asked for her opinions on aspects of research from a patient’s point of view.  She was amazed that the doctors and research assistants in attendance were actually listening, taking notes, and interested in what else we had to share.  It made sense that they needed to know these things as most researchers do not have a lot of experience with patient contact, unlike  Primary Care Providers who see patients daily.  The Researchers needed us. While she claimes to be far from an expert, her my personal experiences, along with everyone else in attendance, seemed vital to their needs.

Since then, she has been involved with PEP, the Clinical and Patient Engagement Workshop (CAPE), and as a Patient Investigator on the Health Disparities Collaborative Research Group (HDCRG).  In 2015, she also served on a panel at OCHIN’s Annual Learning Forum and has contributed to OCHIN and ADVANCE’s social media presence by writting blogs.

Research is a vital part of all of our futures and she’s glad to be able to help.