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Partners on Current Research Projects

Colorado Area Health Education Centers (AHECs)

The AHECs serve as partners in dissemination of findings from our 3 initial projects and adaptation to different communities. They also provide wider educational opportunities regarding implementation evidence throughout Colorado. One of the members of our leadership core, Dr. Jack Westfall, is the program director of the Colorado AHEC program.




Colorado Healthy Heart Solutions (CHHS)

CHHS, a statewide community cardiovascular screening and navigation program, works directly with our researchers on Improving Cardiovascular Screening and Management through a Bidirectional Personal and Technological Interface.




Partnership of Academicians and Communities for Translation (PACT) Council

The PACT Council provides input from multiple communities throughout Colorado to assist our 3 initial projects with interpretation of findings, in adaptation of findings to different communities and in dissemination of findings. Dr. Allison Kempe, CRISP director, sits on the council and will report regularly to this group regarding our progress and activities.


Shared Networks of Collaborative Ambulatory Practices & Partners (SNOCAP)

Practice-based Research Networks (PBRNs) under the SNOCAP umbrella are active partners, with two of the CRISP projects implementing within the PBRNs. In addition they will serve as major partners in future dissemination work and in planning future collaborative implementation projects. SNOCAP PBRNs include:

  • Colorado Research Network (CaReNet) is a network of over 400 clinicians (family physicians, general internists, general pediatricians, and nurse practitioners) in 42 practices, including community health center clinics, residency training sites, and university affiliated private practices. CaReNet cares for approximately 140,000 patients, of which more than 37% are Hispanic and 44% represent disadvantaged populations (self-pay or recipients of Medicaid or formal discount programs) in both urban and rural areas throughout Colorado.
  • High Plans Research Network (HPRN) is an integrated rural network that covers over 30,000 square miles of rural Eastern Colorado and includes 16 hospitals, ranging from 6 to 40 acute care beds, and over 160 clinicians (family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics) in 55 primary care practices. HPRN reaches approximately 152,000 people across 16 counties.
  • Building Investigative Practices for Better Health Outcomes Research Network (BIGHORN) is a network comprised of 15 free-standing family medicine, private practices in both urban and rural areas across Colorado. Entire practices, rather than individual clinicians, are invited to join to enable the study of practice-level issues. BIGHORN reaches the western slopes of Colorado, where there has been an increase in minority and low income workers in recent years.
  • Colorado Child Outcomes Network (COCONet) is the first child-focused PBRN in Colorado. It was formed in 2011 to take advantage of the interest of the individual practices in developing a research program tailored to the specific needs of children in Colorado. COCONet is composed of 6 pediatric practices in the Denver/Metro area that serve more than 93,000 children.
  • South West Innovative Research and Learning Network (SWIRLNet)  represents eight rural counties in Southwestern Colorado, with a population total of 104,300. SWIRLNet's mission includes being inclusive of all primary care providers, being community and provider-driven.
  • Population-based Palliative Care Research Network (PoPCRN) was formed in 1998 at the University of Colorado School of Medicine as a means for conducting ongoing studies of care at the end of life. PoPCRN is committed to enhancing the care of persons at the end of life and their families through the conduct and dissemination of high-quality research in palliative care settings. It has grown to include 317 affiliate hospice/palliative care organizations from 49 states, Canada, Australia, Italy, Portugal and the UK.