Items of Note

Gloria Coronado Gives Keynote Address at Practice-Based Research Network Conference

Gloria Coronado, PhD

Gloria Coronado, Senior Investigator and Mitch Greenlick Endowed Scientist for Health Disparities, delivered the keynote address at the annual meeting of the WWAMI Region Practice and Research Network (WPRN). “WWAMI” refers to the five-station region comprising Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho.

Coronado’s talk, “Conducting Real-World Research in Safety Net Practices,” drew upon her experience leading her ongoing study called Strategies and Opportunities to Stop Colon Cancer In Priority Populations (STOP CRC). This National Cancer Institute–funded project seeks to improve colorectal cancer screening rates for underserved people who receive most of their care from safety-net clinics.

Part of the Institute of Translational Health Sciences, the WWAMI region Practice and Research Network consists of more than 50 primary care clinics across its five-state region. The network promotes and facilitates collaboration between primary care practices and academic researchers.

Stephanie Fitzpatrick Awarded Fellowship in Dissemination and Implementation Research

Stephanie Fitzpatrick, PhD

Stephanie Fitzpatrick, CHR investigator, was selected as a Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC) Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. As part of her fellowship, Fitzpatrick will receive training in how to conduct D&I research. She will also be paired with an expert in D&I research who will mentor her in developing a strong grant proposal to study the implementation of an obesity management program in a health care system. 

Greg Nichols Garners Media Attention for His Study on the “Metabolically Healthy Obese”

Greg Nichols, PhD

Greg Nichols, Senior Investigator,  received some  high-profile media attention for his recently published study finding that 14 percent of overweight and obese people have none of the traditional risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke.

The study, published in Preventing Chronic Disease, the official journal of the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention, included 1.3 million people who are members of Kaiser Permanente, Health Partners, and Denver Health. These integrated health systems  are part of a collaborative research network called PORTAL (Patient Outcomes Research to Advance Learning).

The study received local radio and television coverage from outlets such as KGW and HealthDay.

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