OCHIN’s Practice-Based Research Network

Get active in the OCHIN Practice-Based Research Network!

The OCHIN Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) is a community of practitioners actively contributing to the development and implementation of evidence-based practices and policies focused on the real needs of safety net patients and providers. Through direct engagement with practices and service users, we develop support tools, health information systems, technological solutions, and health interventions specific to the safety net setting. The OCHIN PBRN is uniquely independent (we are not affiliated with an academic institution) and guided by our mission to improve the health of underserved populations, enhance quality of care, and inform health policy through research. Our PBRN aims to:

    – Facilitate research directly benefiting the health of safety net patients
    – Foster partnerships and strengthen capacity for research in practice
    – Develop and improve OCHIN’s clinical data resources for research
    – Facilitate effective translation of research into practice and policy

Become a participating OCHIN PBRN member today!

OCHIN PBRN meets on a quarterly basis to consult on the OCHIN research agenda – from broad topic areas to the types of studies we pursue. To join the meetings, contact OCHIN PBRN consults members on specific research questions, study proposals, or study conduct through our Rapid Review Listserv. Members receive 1-2 opportunities per month asking for review of research from proposals to research methods to interpreting findings. Member feedback helps to improve the feasibility, relevance, and applicability of research in safety net practices. To take part or for more information, contact

OCHIN Grand Rounds is a monthly series of scientific talks presenting research with high relevance to OCHIN members and emphasizing projects with member participation. For more information, contact

OCHIN PBRN snapshot

OCHIN PBRN launched in 2007 after implementation of the OCHIN electronic health record (EHR) system and was registered with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The OCHIN EHR brought both the capacity and momentum to begin building a community of safety net practitioners and researchers focused on optimizing practice through research to improve care in the safety net. The PBRN now includes OCHIN member and affiliate practitioners in Federally Qualified and Community Health Centers and safety net clinics. Many of our first practitioner members are now leading groundbreaking research identifying practice and policy approaches to improve safety net care.

What is a Practice-based Research Network?

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality defines PBRNs as “groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. PBRNs engage clinicians in quality improvement activities and an evidence-based culture in primary care practice to improve the health of all Americans.” (AHRQ, 2017). PBRNs are diverse, from small regional groups of practices to large national networks and quality improvement to clinical trials, no two PRBNs look alike. Most PRBNs are affiliated with academic institutions, many are independent collaborations of practices, and some, like OCHIN, are led through non-academic health organizations such as non-profits or regional health systems.

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