For Primary Health Care Providers

Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations  (AAPCHO) Policy Brief: Community Health Centers:  Why Engage in Research and How to Get Started.

Description from the AAPCHO website:  Written by Mary Oneha, the Chief Executive Officer of AAPCHO member center, Waimanalo Health Center, with Michelle Proser the Director of Research at the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and Rosy Chang Weir the Director of Research of AAPCHO, this brief provides the business case for health centers to engage in research. Drawing from the author’s own experience and others, this brief outlines the benefits research brings to health centers, discusses how research fits into the mission of health centers, and maps out the steps to take to get started in research.

To access the policy brief visit the AAPCHO Website


Toolkit for Building Primary Care Research at Your Health Center

This toolkit is a product of the Safety Net Infrastructure Initiative, a program of the Community Health Innovation and Research Program and the Harvard Catalyst- The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center. This toolkit gives health care providers and office staff at community health centers the basic knowledge, skills, and tools to build the foundation to support research within the health care setting.  The toolkit is organized into eight stand-alone modules on the following topics:

  •  Introduction to Quality Improvement and Research
  • Building Primary Care Research Infrastructure
  • Data: Access and Utilization
  • Study Design and Methods Overview
  • Dissemination and Action
  • Funding Your Research
  • Partnerships for Research
  • Ethics and the Institutional Review Board

The module also give examples of useful forms and tools for implementing research in the health care setting.

To access the toolkit visit the Harvard Catalyst web page 


Practice Based Research Network (PBRN) Resource Center

PBRNs are groups of primary care clinicians and practices working together to answer community-based health care questions and translate research findings into practice. PBRNs engage clinicians in quality improvement activities and an evidence-based culture in primary care practice to improve the health of all Americans.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) invites all interested primary care networks to register with the AHRQ PBRN Resource Center (PBRN RC). The PBRN RC provides resources and assistance to Primary Care PBRNs engaged in clinical and health services research. The PBRN RC provides support to registered PBRNs through various methods including a series of web-based seminars and offering technical assistance in research methodology and PBRN organization and development. Click here to access the PBRN Registry

Visit the PBRN Events page for more information about webinars and training opportunities.


Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals

This toolkit provides a free, on-line, go-at-your-own-pace training that has helped more than 4,000 health care professionals and students improve patient-provider communication. Course will improve providers ability to communicate with patients and overcome barriers that can keep patients from taking their medications according to your instructions, going to the emergency room when they would be better served in primary care or otherwise preventing them from getting the full benefit of the quality care you provide.

Medically underserved patients may have particular difficulty communicating with their health care providers. If you treat patients who are low income, uninsured, and/or whose English proficiency is low, Unified Health Communication can help you:

  • Acknowledge cultural diversity and deal sensitively with cultural differences that affect the way patients navigate the health care system,
  • Address low health literacy and bridge knowledge gaps that can prevent patients from  adhering to prevention and treatment protocols, and
  • Accommodate low English proficiency and effectively use tools that don’t rely on the written or spoken word.

This course does not offer continuing education credits. The course has five modules that will take approximately five hours to complete.

To register, go to

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