Our mission is to improve health and transform care delivery through primary care research and implementation.
We engage primary care clinicians who inform our investigative direction and focus, and encourage them to develop research questions and perspectives relevant to their everyday experiences. Collaboration is the key to ACORN’s success, relying on strong partnerships with practices, health systems, other universities and PBRNs, community organizations, businesses, insurers, and public health entities. Our relationships help to inform study ideas, carry out interventions, interpret and disseminate findings, and ensure that positive transformative methods found are implemented into practice.
ACORN consists of more than 100 primary care practices in the commonwealth of Virginia who currently collaborate, or have previously collaborated, with us on research activities. An additional 200 practices have been partners in academic and service activities. These practices serve suburban, urban, and rural communities throughout Virginia, range in size from 1 to 18 providers, and operate under diverse ownership models —essentially representing the entire spectrum of primary care in Virginia. ACORN has affiliations with multiple health systems across the state, with many receiving designations as Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH).
- March 2016, Screening for Substance Use Disorders
- January 2016, Oncology Communication with PCPs
- August 2015, Rooming Staff
- March 2015, Group Visits for Chronic Disease Management
- December 2014, Behavioral Health Integration
- October 2014, Care Coordination
- May 2014, ACOs and Triple Aim
- February 2014, New Cholesterol Guidelines
ACORN Quarterly Newsletter
- ACORN Winter 2016 Newsletter
- Fall 2015_ACORN Newsletter
- Spring 2015_ACORN Newsletter
- Winter 2014_ACORN Newsletter
- Fall 2014_ACORN Newsletter
- Summer 2014_ACORN Newsletter
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Authentic Engagement of Patients and Communities Ca Transform Research, Health Affairs (35, no.4, 2016, 590-594)
- VCU press release announcing Health Affairs publication
Research Faculty Feature
Steven Woolf, MD MPH, Oregon Health Sciences University, Laurel Case Guest Lecturer on November 12, 2015
Connecting the Dots between Primary Care and Community Development
Click here to watch presentation.