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

A partnership of community clinicians, practices, and UCSF

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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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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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Read SF Bay CRN eNews

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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, Navigator, Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland
  • Diane Dooley, MHS, MD, Pediatrician, Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center
  • Maureen Fitzpatrick, MPH, Navigator, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente
  • Kevin Grumbach, MD, Professor and Chair of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
  • Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • Carmen Portillo, RN, PhD, FAAN, Professor and Chair of Community Health Nursing, UCSF
  • Dean Schillinger, MD, Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • Julie Schmittdiel, PhD, Research Scientist, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente
  • 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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