Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health (CCEPH) researchers and staff were among the nearly 400 attendees at the 2019 Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) Annual Conference held April 8-10, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. This year's theme was "Celebrating Health Research" and was hosted by the HCSRN and Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

The objectives of the HCSRN conference are to showcase scientific findings from HCSRN research projects and to spur collaboration on research initiatives that improve health and healthcare for individuals and populations. This year, HCSRN celebrated its growth from a network of 8 founding members to a thriving consortium with 18 research centers and countless external collaborators.

Robert Greenlee, Ph.D., M.P.H., Senior Research Scientist and HCSRN Governing Board member, participated in a panel presentation titled "Women in Research: Best Practices and Changes Needed to Promote Gender Equality."

Jeffrey VanWormer, Ph.D., Research Scientist, presented his poster titled "Statin Discontinuation and LDL Control in Wisconsin Adults with Cardiovascular Disease" during the poster session.

Deb Multerer, Research Assistant Manager, coordinated the Virtual Data Warehouse (VDW) Implementation Group in-person meeting and the VDW Data Area Workgroup Lead meeting.

Other MCRI (Marshfield Clinic Research Institute) staff attending this year's conference included Edward Belongia, M.D., CCEPH Director; Glen Buth, Office of Research Computing and Analytics (ORCA) Research Programmer/Analyst and VDW Site Data Manager; and Daniel Wall, Clinical Research Center Administrator.

The mission of the HCSRN is to improve individual and population health through research that connects the resources and capabilities of learning health care system. Visit for more information.