External academic and health system partners expand the footprint of the Wright Center’s work by creating an exchange of ideas and faculty, while facilitating multi-site studies and research projects. Government and nonprofit partners help the Wright Center improve community health and health care through funding, public health messaging and recruitment. And community projects bring stakeholders together in service of shared goals.
The Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network, or ACORN, is a partnership between primary care practices and a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health. ACORN’s mission is to improve health and transform care delivery through primary care research and implementation. Several ACORN leaders are supported by the Wright Center.
EVMS is a public medical school in Norfolk, Virginia, founded in 1973, whose physicians serve a large, diverse patient population in Hampton Roads. The Wright Center collaborates with EVMS on addiction-related health disparities through a shared informatics ecosystem, training opportunities for junior faculty and regular meetings that facilitate partnerships in addiction treatment.
The Mid-Atlantic Twin Registry is one of the largest twin databases in the world, containing population-based records of more than 60,000 twin pairs of all ages and backgrounds who are largely from Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. It also contains higher order multiples and a blood repository with DNA samples provided by more than 1,500 twins. The capabilities of the registry are supported in part by Wright Center funds.
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) builds mentoring-based learning networks that connect subject matter experts to practicing providers, clinicians, and social health care professionals across Virginia. Project leaders Vimal Mishra and Richard Sterling serve in leadership roles at the Wright Center.
Virginia Commonwealth Clinical Research Network
The Virginia Commonwealth Clinical Research Network is a collaboration between George Mason University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Old Dominion University, the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech-Carilion, INOVA, Sentara Health System and VCU. It serves as a network of institutions to conduct significant clinical trials in areas that include oncology, mental health and substance abuse. The network facilitates identifying and recruiting patients and expanding access for researchers to a clinical base, thereby creating greater opportunities for grant funding and the development commercialization of breakthrough products and services.
The Virginia Department of Health is a community partner in health messaging and projects that bring innovative medical advances to the commonwealth.
The Wright Center partners with Virginia DMAS in projects that advance the shared goals of advancing human health and improving patient care.
Established in 1882, this historically Black university outside of Petersburg, Virginia, partners with the Wright Center in early research training for students and faculty.