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Primary Care Practices (WPRN)

The ITHS WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN) supports collaboration between primary care practices and academic researchers on research that improves the health and well-being of patients in their communities and enhances primary care clinical practice.

The WPRN is a practice-based research network of more than 50 primary care clinics across more than 20 organizations in the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region. These clinics are found in both rural and urban settings. They include community health centers, private and academically-affiliated practices, and government-operated clinics.

Resident physicians at the UW Medicine Neighborhood Kent/Des Moines Clinic.
What We Do

What We Do

The WPRN offers clinicians and primary care practices an opportunity to take part in research that matters to their practices, patients, and communities. WPRN practices contribute to evidence-based knowledge in primary care by generating project ideas, conducting studies at their own sites, and collaborating with academic researchers on studies across the WPRN. Clinical research partners may have the opportunity to participate in all stages of research, including development of research questions, ensuring research methods fit with primary care practice, interpreting research results, and publishing and sharing findings with practices.

Being part of the WPRN allows community-based primary care practices and their patients the opportunity to participate in research studies that have traditionally occurred in academic medical settings. Members have found that research collaboration introduces innovation to their clinics and increases their capacity for quality improvement.

How WPRN Membership Benefits Clinics, Providers, and Patients

How WPRN Membership Benefits Clinics, Providers, and Patients

WPRN is currently open to new member practices. By joining WPRN, you can:

  • Be part of research that will inform and support evidence-based knowledge in primary care
  • Influence research to ensure relevance to practices and communities
  • Increase capacity for and experience with research through guided training
  • Increase the ability to use electronic health record data for quality improvement and research
  • Be at the cutting edge of research and practice innovation
  • Influence health care on a national level

Practice research champions have the opportunity to:

  • Connect with academic investigators and colleagues from other WPRN sites through networking and professional development opportunities
  • Attend an annual meeting to grow your skills in practice-based research and stay up-to-date with WPRN activities (CME credit provided)
  • Serve as members of research teams and contribute to scholarly products

How to Join the WPRN

WPRN membership is open to primary care practices in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. Practices designate a clinical research champion to communicate with the WPRN Coordinating Center.

To learn more about joining the WPRN, please complete the form below to contact the WPRN team.

Contact Us / Request Services

Contact Us / Request Services

To get started with the WPRN, please contact Gina Keppel, MPH, via the following form.

Cite ITHSThe Institute is supported by grants UL1 TR002319, KL2 TR002317, and TL1 TR002318 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA).

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