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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 network comprising over 120 primary care practices, coordinated by a central hub that provides researchers with the necessary tools and connections to conduct collaborative research in community-based primary care settings. ITHS provides support for WPRN activities, including funding time and travel expenses. This support enables WPRN’s engagement with primary care practices in Alaska, allowing members to attend relevant meetings and conferences, and to facilitate collaborative research efforts.

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.

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism Statement

The WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN) is committed to promoting equity, diversity, inclusion, and justice through research, operations, and partnerships with clinical organizations and investigators. The unique contributions and perspectives of our partners and collaborators of any race, culture, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, spirituality, age, socioeconomic status, and mental and physical status, are essential to ensure the WPRN can accomplish high impact, collaborative research. The WPRN strives to be anti-racist through efforts to promote racial equity and justice in our research, partnerships, and operations.

(Version 1.0, January 2021)

Contact Us / Request Services
Contact Us / Request Services

To get started with the WPRN, please contact Dillon van Rensburg via the following form.