SFBayCRN is UCSF’s primary care practice-based research network, founded in the Department of Family and Community Medicine in 1985 and now supported as a core resource of UCSF’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.  The mission of SFBayCRN is to facilitate mutually beneficial practice-based research partnerships between UCSF faculty and community-based primary health care organizations, practices, and clinicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.   

SFBay CRN is led by Michael Potter, M.D., and is overseen by a steering committee comprised of senior faculty from the UCSF Schools of Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Dentistry, and representatives of community-based healthcare organizations.  SFBayCRN includes participation from UCSF primary care clinics, community health centers in all 9 bay area counties, as well as private health care settings such as Kaiser Permanente, John Muir Health, Hill Physicians, Brown and Toland Medical Group and many independent physician offices.  The SFBayCRN newsletter reaches over 1,500 member researchers and clinicians across Northern California. 

In a recent network survey, nearly 80 percent of respondents were involved in direct patient care, and most of these individuals were involved in leadership roles relating to clinic management.  Nearly all respondents reported using electronic health records for patient care and quality improvement.  The patient population served by SFBayCRN members is ethnically and linguistically diverse, with fewer than 20 percent of respondents reporting that the majority of their patients are white, and 43 percent reporting that more than 20 percent of their patients have limited English proficiency.  SFBayCRN has facilitated the recruitment and retention of primary care practices for dozens of federal grants, including projects currently funded by the NCI, NIDDK, and PCORI.  

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