About the Partners

CHIP to CHIRP is the result of a one year community engagement supplement to train community partners in research methods, conduct pilot research on obesity, and to facilitate academic-community research partnerships on diverse health topics. It was awarded to the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) and carried out by several partners at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).


Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI)

The Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) is the focal point for clinical and translational research at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). It provides a coordinated infrastructure of core research tools to serve clinical research investigators and research staff.

The OCTRI research infrastructure supports OHSU investigators and research staff with expertise, equipment, facilities and tools in bioinformatics, biostatistics, community-engaged research, compliance and regulatory support, inpatient and outpatient clinical research, funding opportunities, education and training and laboratory analysis.



Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN)

The Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) was established in 2002 with the mission to improve the health of rural populations in Oregon through conducting and promoting health research in partnership with the communities and practitioners we serve.

ORPRN is a statewide network of primary care clinicians, community partners, and academicians dedicated to studying the delivery of health care to rural residents and conducting research to reduce rural health disparities. Our studies use implementation science and knowledge transfer methods to transform rural health care delivery. In 2010 the network membership included 161 clinicians and 49 primary care practices located in 37 rural communities throughout the state.

ORPRN is headquartered at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, and has regional offices staffed by four Practice Enhancement Research Coordinators (PERCs).



Oregon Office of Rural Health (ORH)

The Office of Rural Health (ORH) partnered with Oregon Health & Science University in 1989 to help fulfill its mission of improving the quality, availability, and accessibility of health care for rural Oregonians.

ORH engages in four principal activities:

  • Planning, Policy Development, and Advocacy: The office coordinates the provision of health care to rural Oregonians and develops legislative proposals to benefit the health of rural Oregonians.
  • Information Clearinghouse: The office operates an information clearinghouse, which provides rural health information to health care providers, elected officials and government agencies, educators, and members of the public.
  • Provider Recruitment and Retention: ORH helps rural communities recruit and retain primary care providers.
  • Technical Assistance to Communities: The office offers assistance to rural communities, often on-site, to strengthen their health care delivery systems.