Public Health PBRN (COPHPBRN) is a network of Colorado’s local public
health agencies, state health department and researchers at the Colorado
School of Public Health and the University of Colorado School of Public
Affairs with a focus on Public Health Services and Systems Research.
The network is housed at the Colorado Association of Local Public Health
Officials (CALPHO) and co-directed with faculty from the Colorado
School of Public Health.
The focus of PBRN work is to support the delivery of high quality, cost
effective patient care in the primary care medical setting and the
improvement of health through high quality and appropriate public health
services and activities. PBRNs exist to help researchers and clinicians
and their staffs connect so they can together develop beneficial
research projects that work toward the goal of improving primary care.
Because it is important that we accomplish this goal of serving our
patients, several of the PBRNs have patient and stakeholder advisory
councils (PACs) that invite input into the type and conduct of the
studies that occur with the PBRN.
PBRNs are ideally suited for studies that
require the engagement of primary care medical practices such as pediatric,
family and internal medicine practices. These studies are in partnership
with our member practices and seek to serve goals for not only
completing the research, but also providing evidence on how to support
primary care practice delivery and leave the practice with improvement
strategies and new information. Studies focused on recruiting patients
for a specific treatment or test are often not the most appropriate use
of a PBRN.
State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices & Partners (SNOCAP)
leaders and coordinators are available to discuss the appropriateness
of a specific study idea for one or more PBRN. SNOCAP leaders or
coordinators can meet to provide guidance regarding study design and
potential partners and offer entry to speaking with other PBRN
researchers regarding how best to proceed with a particular idea or
The main way to interface with SNOCAP is to
contact one of the SNOCAP leaders. This can be accomplished by email or making a phone call. After an initial discussion with one of these individuals, you may set up an individual meeting to further discuss your research area or specific project idea, or to present your proposed project at a SNOCAP monthly meeting. SNOCAP meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:30-11 AM on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Contact Jodi Holtrop
to request placement on the SNOCAP meeting agenda or to be added to newsletter distribution list.
For more information please visit the SNOCAP website.