Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH, is a Professor in the UW Department of Family Medicine, an investigator in the Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho (WWAMI) Rural Health Research Center, and a practicing family physician. Dr. Baldwin’s research has largely been focused on racial/ethnic and rural‐urban health disparities, and cancer prevention and treatment, all with an eye towards ensuring equitable access to high quality health services across U.S. She brings particular expertise in research collaborations with clinicians and clinical organizations and in the use of electronic health record and administrative data to examine the quality and outcomes of clinical care.
As Faculty Director of the ITHS’ Regional Research Collaborations Program, Dr. Baldwin has developed a primary care practice‐based research network, the WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN), which includes a subset of practices participating in Data QUEST, a data sharing network drawing from diverse electronic health records. Using the WPRN as a model, Dr. Baldwin also has developed a network of university- and community‐based clinical research centers across the five‐state region – the Regional Clinical Research Center (RC2) Network. Dr. Baldwin works with these networks and with other academic researchers to disseminate effective health interventions into practice and to develop and test tools that promote clinical engagement and collaboration in translational research.