Our Community Research Laboratory conducts health policy and primary care health services research, with a focus on health insurance, healthcare utilization, social determinants of health, maternal and child health, chronic pain, health policy, and access to care among underserved populations. We are a multidisciplinary research laboratory with expertise in informatics, public health, sociology, epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, primary care, mental health, health services research, health communication, clinical medicine, health disparities and anthropology.

Using large health insurance claims, electronic health record (EHR), and self-reported datasets, our OHSU/OCHIN team uses informatics and analytics to conduct policy-relevant and practice-relevant studies. Research findings inform community, practice and policy interventions that help to improve the delivery of care for vulnerable populations and eliminate health disparities.

In just 2015 alone, our Community Research Laboratory had 19 research proposals funded with over $20 million in research and innovation awards.


Click here to learn more about our currently funded research studies.