What is the WPRN?The WPRN is a collaborative group of primary care practices in the five-state WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) committed to research and practice improvement. The WPRN’s diversity of geography and practice type allows it to reach many rural and underserved populations.

WPRN Principles & values:

  • ✓ To maintain equal and bi-directional partnerships between academic researchers and community practices
  • ✓ To conduct research of importance to practices
  • ✓ To make research participation feasible for practices
  • ✓ To minimize interference in clinical practice operations
  • ✓ To conduct research that supports practice innovation and improves patient outcomes

WPRN members contribute to evidence-based knowledge in primary care by generating project ideas, conducting studies at their own sites, and collaborating on studies across the WPRN. Members may contribute to the development of research questions and protocols.

Members are clinical practices; individual practitioners within a practice may choose whether or not to participate. Representatives from member practices convene annually in Seattle, WA.

Benefits of WPRN membership:

  • Opportunities to be involved in research and scholarship
  • Opportunities to be involved in practice improvement initiatives
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Continuing Medical Education credit when possible and appropriate
  • Reimbursement for FTE and clinic costs of participating in funded research projects

WPRN Mission:
➢ To improve the health and well-being of patients in their communities, through the conduct of collaborative research that informs and enhances primary care clinical practice.

Examples of WPRN projects

  • ✓ Barriers and Facilitators to Using Point-of-Care Tests
  • ✓ Cervical Cancer Screening: Are Women Over, Under, or Appropriately Screened?
  • ✓ Improving Safe Medication Prescribing Among Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
  • ✓ Team Based Safe Opioid Prescribing
  • ✓ Patient Preference for Weight Loss Programs
  • ✓ Data QUEST – a powerful, technical infrastructure for securely sharing electronic health record data for research.
WPRN Leadership
The WPRN Coordinating Center (CC) and operations are located at the University of Washington (UW), in Seattle, WA. WPRN Director Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH, and a Steering Committee, composed of coordinating center and member practice representatives, lead the WPRN.

WPRN Support

The WPRN is supported by the University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), the Department of Family Medicine, and funded research grants. The ITHS is dedicated to speeding science to the clinic for the benefit of patients and communities throughout the WWAMI region. Learn more about the WPRN here and here

Interested in joining the WPRN or want to learn more?
Contact Gina Keppel, MPH Research Scientist University of Washington (206) 685-0750 gakeppel@uw.edu