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

A partnership of community clinicians, practices, and UCSF

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 network 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.


To learn more about SFBayCRN, how you or your organization can become a member, or to obtain assistance with your practice-based research proposals and projects, please contact us:

SFBayCRN is part of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute's Community Engagement and Health Policy Program (CE&HP), and works closely with UCSF’s Center for Community Engagement.

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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:

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.

Steering Committee Members:

  • Michael Cabana, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
  • Anna Chang, MD, CPI, Medical Director, John Muir Physician Network Clinical Research Center
  • Lisa Chung, DDS, MPH, Associate Clinical Professor, Preventative & Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF
  • Jason Cunningham, DO, Sebastopol Community Health Center, WCHC
  • Diane Dooley, MHS, MD, Pediatrician, Contra Costa County Regional Medical Center
  • Valy Fontil, MD, MAS, Assistant Professor of Medicine, UCSF
  • Kevin Grumbach, MD, Professor and Chair of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
  • Danielle Hessler-Jones, PhD, Associate Professor, Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
  • Leah Karliner, MD, Associate Professor in Residence of Medicine, UCSF
  • Lenard Lesser, MD, MSHS, Clinical Research Lead, One Medical Group
  • Dayna Long, MD, Medical Director, Center for Community Health and Engagement, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
  • Linda Park, RN, PhD, FNP, Assistant Professor in Residence, Community Health Nursing, UCSF
  • Van Ta Park, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor, Community Health Nursing, UCSF
  • Anthony Perez, PharmD, Regional Healthcare Director, Walgreens
  • Rajiv Pramanik, MD, Associate Chief Health Informatics Officer, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • George Taylor, DMD, MPH, DrPH, Professor, Preventative & Restorative Dental Sciences, UCSF
  • Marilyn Stebbins, PharmD, Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, UCSF
  • David Thom, MD, PhD, MPH, Professor of Family & Community Medicine, UCSF
  • Jack Westfall, MD, MPH, Medical Director, Whole Person Care, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

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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