Introduction to a different brand of Community Research efforts by OHSU in Oregon

by Paige Farris Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only academic health center; providing education, research and service to the whole of Oregon – taking pride in engaging with communities throughout all of 96,000 square miles!   Community Research Coalitions The Integrated Program in Community Research was formed in 2015; we are leading a groundswell of interest and efforts toward supporting data-driven decision making endeavors at the community level. Specifically, OHSU staff in Central Oregon at the Community Research Hub office are working directly with communities throughout the state in the development and ongoing support of regional Research...

Conclusion of Assessing a Medicaid Randomized Insurance Experiment within Community Clinics

By Heather Angier Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk can be reduced through early detection, yet disparities persist in receipt of these services. Oregon Health & Science University and OCHIN, Inc. (not an acronym) conducted a five-year study to better understand the impact gaining Medicaid had on CVD prevention. The study was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R01 HL107647 04); Principal Investigator: Jennifer E DeVoe. We utilized the Oregon Experiment, a policy that offered uninsured adults a random chance to apply for Oregon Health Plan [(OHP); Oregon’s Medicaid) coverage, to conduct this research study. The Oregon Experiment included...

A Medical Student’s Perspective

By Glenn Kautz, MPH For the average medical student in their first two years, the words “health systems innovation,” provokes a similar reaction as “quantum mechanics;” a vague concession that the concept exists, followed by a momentary consideration of why that might be important, a shrug, and finally a resumption of trying to memorize 1023 facts before dawn. While our most basic motivation stems from helping our future patients, the daily Sisyphean pursuit of medical knowledge shapes us into experts at deciphering what we must learn in order to survive academically. Thus, the focus is most often on the what,...

APM: Empowering New Ways Of Providing Care

Part 2 By Erika Cottrell, Jill Arkind and Sonja Likumahuwa  In Part 1 of this post, we discussed how the shift of the payment model allows community health centers the opportunity to leverage the care team to provide better care. We conclude by offering more examples of  team collaboration made possible by the new payment model.  (Note: This article originally appeared on the Health Affairs Blog on July 21, 2014. An edited version is being reposted here as part of the research effort investigating the impact of Alternative Payment Methodology (APM) on the delivery of primary care in safety-net populations. Through this website, Frontiers of Health...