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:

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

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.

University of Miami Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI)

University of Miami (UM) is a recipient of a Clinical Translation Science Award from the National Institutes of Health for the purpose of transforming the local, regional, and national environment to increase the efficiency and speed of clinical and translational research across the country. The main goals of UM’s CTSI are to improve quality and efficacy of clinical and translation research, advance team science, and culturalize health sciences. As part of this initiative, there are programs and services to assist researchers and community partners through all places of transitional research and to develop meaningful health advances.

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.


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

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