College / University, Public Health, Quality Improvement Organization, Research Facility
Make a difference in the health of rural populations!
The High Plains Research Network (HPRN), founded in 1997, is a nationally recognized geographically based practice- and community-based research network in rural eastern Colorado. The HPRN Mission Statement, “To provide excellent rural health care by translating the best scientific evidence into every-day clinical practice,” has engaged the network in a wide range of research funded by local, state, and federal agencies, including: colon cancer prevention, asthma management, cardiovascular disease, cancer survivorship, underinsurance, mental health, practice transformation, and opioid use disorder. Linking primary care, behavioral health, public health, and community organizations into local communities of solution is the driving force for the HPRN.
HPRN is based in the School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine (DFM) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU) and is part of the SNOCAP (State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices and Partners) Practice-based Research Network collaborative at CU. CU Anschutz is a national leader in life sciences research. It is one of the world's newest education, research and patient care facilities and the largest academic health center from Chicago to the West Coast, north of Texas. The CU DFM is the second largest department of family medicine in the country and is recognized as one of the top academic family medicine departments in the nation.
The High Plains Research Network is recruiting a full-time Director who is committed to rural health, understands and is passionate about the unique assets in rural communities and practices, and is curious about how to make life better.
The Director will oversee all aspects of the research, communication, fiscal, and administration of the network. The HPRN requires travel to visit practices and communities in eastern Colorado. There is potential to practice part-time in the HPRN. The Director reports to the Vice Chair of Research in the DFM. Anticipated hiring rank: Assistant Professor or Associate Professor.
Current research projects provide funding to partially support this position initially. A start-up package is negotiable to support transitioning into this position.
Program Leadership and Vision
Serve as the leader, visionary, and key spokesperson for HPRN
Ensure projects and programs align with and do not overreach the HPRN mission
Build and maintain relationships with clinicians, practice staff, other health care facilities, and community members in the HPRN region
Provide leadership and direction to the HPRN Community Advisory Council, including project identification and development and advocacy for the C.A.C. and community engaged research
Understand rural primary care health and services delivery issues and successes in Colorado;
Establish and maintain communication and promote collaboration within CU and other organizations.
Promote the work of the HPRN within the Department, CU, and local, national, and international foundations and organizations
Research and Program Development
Actively learn health concerns of community members, clinicians, and practice teams in the HPRN region
Regularly seek funding opportunities, develop research questions, and prepare proposals for studies and programs that reflect health priorities identified by the HRPN C.A.C. and practice teams and that address health topics relevant to rural eastern Colorado.
Identify opportunities to collaborate with teams across departments, local organizations, and academic institutions across the country to conduct research and disseminate findings and tested interventions.
Ensure HPRN projects meet regulatory, fiscal, and funder requirements.
Create innovative, testable interventions with the research team and community members that support rural health and provide sustainable solutions to rural communities and practices
Training and Mentorship
Provide professional development and research mentorship to junior faculty and research staff in the Department of Family Medicine
Support the HPRN co-Director
Provide oversight of the HPRN staff and identify professional development opportunities
Provide outstanding care to patients in a clinical setting (20%)
In addition to the Director, the HPRN staff includes a co-Director who oversees day to day functioning of the network and projects, provides direct supervision to HPRN staff, and works closely in support of the Director. HPRN employs four staff who live and work in the HPRN region, working directly with practices and community partners to implement projects and participating in the spectrum of research activities. Infrastructure support is offered through the DFM’s grants and contracts, biostatistics, and administrative support teams.
The HPRN is guided by an active Community Advisory Council of local farmers, ranchers, business owners, retirees, students, and other community members. This group participates in all aspects of the research from topic selection to methods and interpretation of results to dissemination through presentations and co-authorship of manuscripts.
There is a robust history of the Director working with the community and practices to initiate and complete research in a variety of clinical topics. Current HPRN studies include work on Home Blood Pressure Management (Just Check It), Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment (IT MATTTRs Colorado, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality), Home Blood Pressure Management (Just Check It, funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment), COPD (CAPTURE, funded by NIH), and practice transformation through the Colorado State Innovation Model (SIM) and EvidenceNow Southwest (AHRQ funded). The new Director will participate in these projects.
Terminal degree in Medicine or Osteopathy (MD/DO).
Board Certified in Family Medicine.
Demonstrated experience writing and managing grants.
Demonstrated experience managing a research team.
Experience engaging community members and practices in health research.
Experience supervising staff.
Ability to obtain Colorado Medical License and possession of a current DEA Certificate.
Ability to be fully credentialed in the UCH (or other appropriate clinical) system.
Experience working with community groups.
Experience working in rural communities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Passion for rural communities and health
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with PBRN and Department of Family Medicine faculty and staff and external partners.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to work effectively as part of a team and independently.
Capacity for flexibility and adaptability in different work situations.
Ability to work well with diverse populations.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at https://www.cu.edu/employee-services
Internal Number: 12427
About University of Colorado
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus ranks among the top institutions nationally in clinical care, education and research. Its 230-acre campus, designed to enhance collaboration and interprofessional education, hosts the College of Nursing; the Schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; the Graduate School; a Health Sciences Library; and two hospitals. Strategically located contiguous to the campus are a biosciences research park and the soon-to-be-completed Veterans Hospital. CU Anschutz offers two undergraduate degrees, 35 graduate degrees, and five first-professional programs. More than 4,000 students learn alongside faculty members who also make meaningful medical discoveries and provide expert clinical care through 1.5 million patient-visits annually. A hub for research and innovation, CU Anschutz receives over $400 million in research awards each year and has filed 1,300 patent applications and formed 53 new companies since 2002.
A national leader in health care and life sciences, CU Anschutz is the only comprehensive academic health sciences center in Colorado and the largest in the Rocky Mountain region. Located in Aurora, Colo., i...t is one of the newest education, research and patient care facilities in the world. With six schools and colleges, CU Anschutz trains the health sciences workforce of the future by blending education, research and clinical care all in one place. This strategic collaboration among diverse health care fields allows knowledge to travel directly from the research bench to the patient’s bedside.