Established in 1997, the High Plains Research Network (HPRN) is an integrated network of 54 primary care practices, 16 hospitals, behavioral health care practices, public health agencies, and community organizations in rural eastern Colorado. HPRN covers 16 rural and frontier counties in eastern Colorado. HPRN aims to include the rural experience in primary care and community-based research and seeks to help rural primary care physicians continue to provide excellent care.
The HPRN has successfully conducted practice-based research projects, educational programs, and community health programs covering a range of topics, including colon cancer prevention, environmental tobacco exposure, cancer survivorship care, home blood pressure management, asthma diagnosis and management, heart attack triage and transport, palliative care, and patient safety patient centered medical home. Funding sources have included the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. HPRN is currently a prominent partner in a large, cooperative program to build primary care practice capacity for quality improvement and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research findings in primary care practices. The HPRN has provided practice transformation coaching for nearly 10 years for Colorado patient-centered medical home initiatives, integrated behavioral health programs, as well as topic specific training and program implementation (asthma management, cancer survivorship).
The HPRN Community Advisory Council (C.A.C.) was developed in 2003 to help inform and guide the High Plains Research Network’s work in real patient experience and assure information returns to and improves the quality of health care in its rural communities. The group consists of about 15 members who are farmers, ranchers, teachers, local business managers, retirees, and students. By joining the best science with the best community knowledge, HPRN and the C.A.C. can produce something better than either could alone. We are grateful to the HPRN Community Advisory Council for their commitment to improving the health of their communities.
C.A.C. Members: Christopher and Kaitlyn Bennett, Maret Felzien and Ned Norman, Martha and Rafael Flores, Mike Hernandez, Mary Petra Rodriquez, Ashley Espinoza, Sergio and Norah Sanchez, Steve and Kathy Winkelman, Shirley Cowart, Connie and Garry Haynes.
For more information on the HPRN and community engaged research, check out HPRN’s YouTube channel!