San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (SF Bay CRN)

A partnership of community clinicians, practices, and UCSF

Featured short video on the role of stakeholder engagement in PCORI research

The San Francisco Bay Area Collaborative Research Network (SFBayCRN) is UCSF's primary care practice-based research network. SFBayCRN's mission is to facilitate mutually beneficial practice-based research partnerships between UCSF researchers and community-based primary care organizations, practices, and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. A unifying goal of our work is to support the development and dissemination of practice-based evidence to improve clinical practices and health outcomes in diverse communities. Our members include community-based clinicians, practices, health care organizations, and UCSF faculty.

SFBayCRN is part of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute's Community Engagement and Health Policy Program (CE&HP).


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SFBayCRN provides consultation services to members at all stages of the practice-based research process, including practice-based research design, practice recruitment, and study implementation. Consultation meetings can be provided by phone, in person at UCSF, or in the community.

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Project ECHO

An Important New Resource to Help Community Based Clinicians Provide Optimal Care for Hepatitis C

View a short video about Project ECHO

UCSF has launched an exciting new program called Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes), led by hepatologist Dr. Norah Terrault, to create an expanded community of healthcare providers with expertise in the care of patients with hepatitis C. Project ECHO is an interactive, knowledge‐sharing network with an academic panel (hub) of experts supporting the education and training of primary care providers in their communities (spokes). The UCSF hub and community spokes form a learning network to share best practices and promote longitudinal mentoring to build provider knowledge, skills and confidence in implementing HCV screening and treatment guidelines. Bi‐monthly web‐based sessions include case based and didactic learning, free CME, and access to resources for patient care and to support reimbursement for evidence‐based treatment. SFBayCRN is partnering with Dr. Terrault and her team to recruit community‐based clinicians to participate.

Please contact SFBayCRN Program Coordinator James Rouse Iñiguez for more information about participating.

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Learn about Practice Based Research at UCSF and in Diverse Communities

We have developed useful informational materials for clinicians and researchers interested in practice-based research. SFBayCRN is part of the Primary Care Multiethnic Network (PRIME Net), a national consortium of practice based research networks and a contributor to the AHRQ Practice-Based Research Network Resource Center. We collaborate with several other UCSF-affiliated groups with a focus on practice improvement and practice-based research:

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SF Bay CRN Steering Committee

The SF Bay CRN steering committee includes faculty from the UCSF Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, and Pharmacy, as well as community based clinicians and leaders of community-based healthcare organizations.

Director: Michael Potter, MD, Professor of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
Program Coordinator: James Rouse Iñiguez, MA, Community Engagement & Health Policy, CTSI

Steering Committee Members:

  • Michael Cabana, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
  • Gerry Collins-Bride, RN, MS, ANP, Professor of Community Health Systems, UCSF
  • Robin Corelli, PharmD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF
  • Jason Cunningham, DO, Sebastopol Community Health Center, WCHC
  • Adam Davis, MPH, MA, Managing Director, Center for Community Health & Engagement, UCSF Beneioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
  • Diane Dooley, MHS, MD, Pediatrician, Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center
  • Kevin Grumbach, MD, Professor and Chair of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
  • Leah Karliner, MD, Associate Professor in Residence of Medicine, UCSF
  • Carmen Portillo, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor and Chair of Community Health Nursing, UCSF
  • Dean Schillinger, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • Nishant Shah, MD, MPH, Family Physician, Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center
  • George Taylor, DMD, MPH, DrPH, Professor & Chair, Preventative & Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF
  • David Thom, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
  • Albert Yu, MD, MPH, MBA, Director of Ambulatory Care, SF Health Network

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Selected SF Bay CRN Research Publications

In the past seven years, the SF Bay CRN has supported and produced professional publications related to practice-based research, some of which can be found here

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