Health Choice Network (HCN) health information technology solutions and administrative infrastructure support member community health centers’ capacity to participate in research. Our shared electronic health record (EHR) system, expertise in stakeholder engagement, and our commitment to research for improving the quality of care for safety net populations position us to implement research initiatives.

HCN also continues to leverage our data infrastructure and engagement strategies to participate in national networks with research collaborators. HCN is a member of the following research networks:

ADVANCE is a clinical research network (CRN) and a safety-net community laboratory, consisting of researchers, patients and clinicians, who work together to improve health outcomes, policy, and primary care research among vulnerable and underserved populations utilizing rigorous scientific methods. ADVANCE is a member of PCORnet®,  an initiative originally funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and now funded by the People-Centered Research Foundation (PCRF). The goal of PCORnet® is to create a national network of representative data for conducting comparative effectiveness and clinical outcomes research. HCN partners with OCHIN, Fenway Health, and Oregon Health & Science University for this initiative. ADVANCE also partners with the Robert Graham Center/HealthLandscape for geocoding CVS data. The goal of ADVANCE is to build and maintain a “community laboratory” of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) serving safety net patients, including the uninsured, the under-insured, undocumented immigrants, and other vulnerable populations. The ADVANCE Research Data Warehouse (RDW) maintains data on nearly 5 million patients and is the nation’s most comprehensive dataset on care and health outcomes in safety net patients. ADVANCE is one of 9 PCORnet clinical research networks nationwide.

Accelerating Data Value Across a National Community Health Center Network (ADVANCE)

DentaQuest Partnership

In collaboration with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and Health Choice Network (HCN), the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement is leading research on medical-dental integration, chronic disease management and workforce development.  The DentaQuest Partnership is focused on transforming our health care system and enabling better overall health through oral health advancement. Through strategic grantmaking, research and care improvement initiatives, the DentaQuest Partnership drives meaningful change at local, state and national levels. The DentaQuest Partnership is a nonprofit part of DentaQuest, a leading U.S. oral health enterprise with a mission to improve oral health through an all-in approach we call Preventistry®. Through this collaboration, HCN is supporting the development of a comprehensive national oral health measurement system and the inclusion of oral health into primary health care. HCN is a data partner and is actively involved in the research design process.


The Florida Node Alliance

Housed at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, the Florida Node Alliance is a partnership between scientists and health systems, community-based specialty treatment providers, CTSAs, and research networks in Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico.  Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse since 2000, the Node has demonstrated extensive experience in developing and testing interventions for substance abuse treatment through the implementation of cutting-edge, rigorous randomized clinical trials  that are practical and relevant to substance abuse treatment in diverse settings and populations. The node’s areas of research expertise include adolescent treatment, the HIV and Hepatitis C care continua in substance using populations,  e-Health, training/dissemination, and work with Hispanic populations.  Most recently, the Florida Node Alliance has been involved in various initiatives using big data and data science methods and tools to predict substance abuse treatment response.


University of Miami Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)

The University of Miami is part of a national consortium of medical research institutions across the nation who have been funded through a Clinical and Translation Science Award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Currently, more than 50 institutions in this consortium are working together to transform the local, regional, and national environment to speed the translation of research discovery into improved patient care. The main goals of the Miami CTSI are to develop research infrastructure and processes, improve the quality of clinical and translation research, advance team science, and culturalize health sciences. As part of the Miami CTSI, there are programs and support offerings to connect researchers and community partners and assist them through all the phases of translating discoveries into meaningful health advances.


Learn more about the Miami CTSI in their FY19 Annual Report:

To submit a research idea to Health Choice Network, please complete the HCN COLLABORATION FORM.

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