The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation
The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation bridges the worlds of health services research and health care delivery to inform and improve both. The MacColl Center is a research organization located within Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute that shares its commitment to publicly available practical research. Launched in 1992, the Center was named for a pioneering Group Health physician and leader, William “Sandy” MacColl. Through work with health systems and funding agencies, MacColl develops new models of health care and leads research on complex system change and implementation research. It also provide training, facilitation, and technical assistance in model application and care improvement. Nearly 20 years ago, the MacColl Center developed the widely adopted Chronic Care Model and today maintains an emphasis on collaborating with delivery systems that care for the poorest and most vulnerable patients, and on work that’s organized with the patient at the center of the care experience.
The Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) began as the nation’s only all-rural practice-based research network in 2002 and is part of the Oregon Health & Science University’s outreach programs. ORPRN’s mission is to improve the health of Oregonians by promoting knowledge transfer between communities and clinicians. ORPRN includes 161 clinicians providing care to more than 245,000 patients in 49 primary care clinics across Oregon. It is overseen by an 11-member clinician steering committee. The network employs regional practice enhancement and research coordinators to conduct research and support member clinics. ORPRN works with diverse primary care practices to improve processes of care, understand practice culture, evaluate improvement efforts, and enable practice transformation.
Qualis Health is one of the nation’s leading population health care consulting organizations, partnering with its clients to improve care for millions of Americans every day. It works with public and private sector clients to advance the quality, efficiency, and value of health care. Qualis Health headquarters are in Seattle, Washington, with regional offices located in Alabama, Alaska, California, Idaho, the District of Columbia, and New Mexico.
The Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS) is dedicated to speeding science to the clinic for the benefit of patients and communities throughout Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. As part of its work, ITHS developed the WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN), which is a collaborative group of primary care practices in the WWAMI region committed to research and practice improvement. The WPRN’s diversity of geography and practice type allows it to reach many rural and underserved populations.
EvidenceNOW is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) national effort to improve heart health in seven regions across the United States. EvidenceNOW is building critical infrastructure to help smaller primary care practices—which often do not have internal resources for quality improvement—apply the latest medical research in the care they provide. Aligned with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Million Hearts® effort, AHRQ’s EvidenceNOW focuses on helping thousands of primary care practices use the latest evidence to improve the health of millions of Americans.