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Oregon Rural Practice-Based Research Network

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Behavioral health integration, community health improvement plan implementation and evaluation, early learning systems and strategies, engagement strategies for person- and family-centered health care systems, health equity, health systems leadership, childhood immunization rate improvement strategies, oral health integration, organizational development, primary care transformation and PCPCH, program evaluation, project management, public health integration, quality improvement science, value-based payment methods

Lyle J. (LJ) Fagnan 

Lyle J. (LJ) Fagnan, MD, Network Director and Investigator

LJ Fagnan is a professor of family medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. He was a general medical officer in the Indian Health Service in Bethel, Alaska, and a family physician in rural Oregon. LJ’s practice was one of the 13 model rural practices funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Rural Practice Project. In 2002, LJ was selected to start a practice-based research network at OHSU, the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN). He has been an investigator on 50 ORPRN studies with a principal investigator role in 20 of these studies. LJ's research portfolio includes studies and publications related to population-based health, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based medicine into practice, quality improvement and rural health care systems. LJ is the principal investigator of one of eight AHRQ-funded PBRN Centers for Excellence, the Meta-network Learning and Resource Center. More information about ORPRN, including the practices and communities they work with can be found at


Bruce Goldberg 

Bruce Goldberg, MD, Senior Associate Medical Director

Bruce Goldberg is a family medicine physician with a long history in Oregon. He served two Oregon governors in a number of roles including director of the Oregon Office for Health Policy and Research and director of the Oregon Department of Human Services, and led the formation of the Oregon Health Authority from February 2011 through 2013. He guided the transformation of Oregon's Medicaid system to one based on a model of coordinated care, and headed efforts to establish Oregon's Healthy Kids program to provide health coverage for all children, improve Oregon's mental health system and transform the delivery of public human services to enhance efficiency and effectiveness. Bruce has been a practicing clinician in Oregon and in rural New Mexico, a teacher/academician, a county health officer, a medical director and a director. He is a graduate of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and completed his family medicine training at Duke University.


Anne King 

Anne King, MBA, Director of Health Care Initiatives

Anne has over 15 years of experience in health care strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, research program development and process optimization and evaluation. She holds a master’s degree in business administration and a certificate in public and non-profit management from Boston University and an undergraduate degree from Smith College. Over the past few years, Anne has focused much of her effort on health care transformation work occurring in Oregon and New Hampshire. In New Hampshire, Anne recently completed a CMS-funded State Innovation Model planning process for community initiatives to support population health improvement. Working with the associate commissioner for New Hampshire DHHS and the bureau chief for Community Health and Population Services, Anne designed and implemented a stakeholder engagement process bringing together clinical and community leaders from throughout the state to develop a plan for population health improvement. In Oregon, Anne manages a transformation grant program and provides technical assistance in evaluation and measurement to the 28 grantees in Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization’s Transformation Grant Program. Anne has extensive experience facilitating organizations through strategic planning processes and coaching leaders through organizational change. Her most recent large efforts include serving as an internal consultant for the OHSU Clinical Enterprise strategic planning process. An additional effort that Anne is currently working on is a large-scale reorganization and process optimization effort with an international non-profit cancer clinical trials organization.


Melinda Davis 

Melinda Davis, PhD, CCRP, Community-engaged Research Director

Melinda Davis is a research assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the director of community engaged research for the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network. She uses participatory methods to conduct implementation and mixed-methods research in community and primary care settings. Melinda has been a co-investigator on studies to integrate behavioral health and primary care, improve care transitions between hospital and home, transition practices into medical homes, and enhance delivery of clinical preventive services. Melinda currently leads a portfolio of studies focused on implementing evidence-based interventions to improve colorectal cancer screening in rural and underserved settings, including an AHRQ-funded patient-centered outcomes research K12 career development and a PCORI pipeline to proposal award. Melinda grew up in the Columbia River Gorge and she has a passion for working with patient, community and health system stakeholders to improve health and health care delivery in rural and underserved settings.


Elizabeth Needham Waddell 

Elizabeth Needham Waddell, PhD, Senior Study Director

Elizabeth Waddell joined ORPRN in 2014 after serving nine years as a research scientist and unit director at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. She received a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the National Institute on Drug Abuse Behavioral Sciences Training Program in Drug Abuse Research. Elizabeth has served as principal investigator on the NYC Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and the Manhattan Lupus Surveillance Project, and has directed multiple research and programmatic collaborations between government and academic partners. At ORPRN, Elizabeth directs a portfolio of projects focused on improving care coordination and integration of primary and behavioral health care and serves as an invited work group member of the Integrated Behavioral Health Alliance of Oregon. Nationally, Elizabeth is ORPRN’s site primary investigator for the Western States Note of National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care pragmatic trial. Elizabeth’s academic appointment is in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she is assistant professor and track director for the Primary Health Care & Health Disparities MPH.


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