Practice-Based Research Network

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Facilitating community-informed research and innovation across Minnesota primary care clinics

Partnering with the CLHSS, the primary care Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) is housed in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH).  The PBRN’s core objectives are to (1) create a network of primary care clinics across the state promoting and conducting research that matters in daily practice and that is community-informed and (2) provide an interface for implementation scientists and experts to support key projects and evaluations, including rapid response trials and recruitment into primary care studies. The PBRN also benefits from its close connection with the Clinical Translation Science Institute (CTSI)’s Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) team, which provides support for collaborative and community informed work. The collaboration between PBRN and CLHSS includes support for research including embedded research/practice facilitators with community clinics to champion, educate, and navigate the culture and diverse populations in primary care.

PBRN Leadership

  • Program Director, Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, CFLE
  • Administrative Director, Denise Windenburg, MHA
  • Research Facilitator Manager, Jill Bengston, MS