Practice-Based Research Networks: A Potential Catalyst for Clinical and Translation Research in Delaware

  • April 9, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Virtual Presentation through BlueJeans at
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Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) are comprised of ambulatory providers and practices who collaborate with each other and researchers to identify clinical or process issues that might benefit from clinical and translational research efforts. Together, they develop and implement research studies embedded in clinical care practices and work together to translate their evidence-based findings into practice and policy. As such, PBRNs aim to engage providers and practices in systematically investigating health care related concerns to identify solutions and improve the health of populations.

This presentation will define the PBRN model, provide some background about the history of this model’s development, describe some successes and challenges identified by existing PBRNs, review potential barriers and facilitators to developing a new PBRN, briefly examine how implementation science methodologies can support PBRN goals of translating research findings into practice, and discuss potential opportunities for PBRNs in Delaware.

Meet the Speaker

Kimberly D. Williams, MPH

Kimberly D. Williams, MPH is a Research Investigator at the Institute for Research on Equity and Community Health (iREACH) at ChristianaCare. She collaborates with behavioral health providers, medical providers, and hospital leadership to address the behavioral health needs of patients, providers, and the community. Her work centers on identifying ways to better integrate behavioral health services throughout the health care system and develop evidence-based solutions that can be translated into practice and policy. Her current research focuses on reducing barriers and increasing access to treatment for opioid use disorder in the primary care setting. Ms. Williams received her Master’s in Public Health from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University and is a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. In addition to her role at the ChristianaCare, Ms. Williams returned to Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health where she is currently pursuing a doctorate in health management and policy.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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