The goals of the PBRN are to:

  1. create a network of primary care clinics across the state to promote and facilitate research that matters in daily clinical practice and that is community-informed and
  2. create an interface for implementation scientists and experts to support key projects and RCTs, including rapid response trials, for recruitment into primary care clinical trials.

This work is done with a community-based participatory approach to building research capacity by building relationships, creating trust and buy-in, building research capacity in physicians and staff, encouraging participation in projects as well as providing opportunities to opt-in to participate in research projects.

By embedding research into daily primary care practice, the PBRN opens opportunities for participation in all aspects of research to diverse and often under-served populations.


The Family Medicine and Community Health is partnering with important organizations on various PBRNs:

PBRN network structure

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Team Members

Samantha Alch headshot

Samantha Alch, MPH
Research Facilitator

Dr. Jerica Berge

Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH, LMFT, CFLE
Vice Chair for Research and PBRN Director

Kristin Boman headshot

Kristin Boman, MPH

Chloe Botsford headshot

Chloe Botsford
Research Facilitator


Annette Anderson, MHA

Headshot of Elise Binsfeld

Elise Binsfeld, MD

Ross Chambers headshot

Ross Chambers, MD

Sarah Cox headshot

Sara Loritz Cox, MD, MPH

Stacy Glass

PBRN Requests (click here)

Use the link above if you are interested in partnering with the Primary Care Service Line to expand your recruitment or initiate a PBRN project.

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To connect with a PBRN team member, please contact

MAFP PBRN poster

Check out the PBRN team's recent poster!

The following poster was presented at the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) recent conference.