WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN)

Contact information:

Allison M Cole, MD, MPH

Research Team:

Laura-Mae Baldwin, Allison Cole, Brooke Ike, Ashley Johnson, Gina Keppel, Katie Osterhage, Kari Stephens, Monica Zigman-Suchsland


The WPRN is a network of more than 97 primary care practices across the five-state WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region that collaborate on research. The mission of the WPRN is to improve the health and well-being of patients in their communities, through the conduct of collaborative research that informs and enhances primary care clinical practice.

The WPRN is committed to promoting equity, diversity, inclusion and justice through research, operations and partnerships with clinical organizations and investigators. The unique contributions and perspectives of our partners and collaborators of any race, culture, ethnicity, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, spirituality, age, socioeconomic status and mental and physical status, are essential to ensure the WPRN can accomplish high impact, collaborative research. The WPRN strives to be anti-racist through efforts to promote racial equity and justice in our research, partnerships and operations.     


WWAMI region Practice and Research Network (WPRN) Studies: 

  • Cardiovascular Referral Service to Improve Blood Pressure Management in Primary Care
  • Frontier Bridges for Diabetes 
  • Home based testing for influenza and COVID-19 – Seattle Flu Study  
  • Increasing Rural Primary Care Practices’ Capacity to Implement Evidence-based Colorectal Cancer Screening Interventions  
  • Maternal-Infant Dyad-Implementation (MInD-I) 
  • Measuring and improving quality of care for older adults in primary care: Northwest Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Center
  • Mobile Video Interpretation to Optimize Communication Across Language Barriers: mVOCAL
  • Rural Expansion of Medication Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder 
  • Shared Decision-Making for Firearm Safety among Older Adults with Early Changes Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias
  • Six Building Blocks: A Team-Based Approach to Improving Opioid Management in Primary Care