July 2017 Newsletter Article

Dear APA Members,

CORNET has a few new updates to share with you!

Project Updates


Great news! The WE CARE proposal, which is a collaborative study including CORNET, PROS, and Arvin Garg, MD, MPH, as principal investigators, has been funded by NICHD.

Stay tuned for more details over the next several months.

Meeting the Healthcare Needs of Sexual Minority Youth: A Qualitative Investigation
PI: Lindsay Taliaferro, PhD, MPH
Dr. Taliaferro and her colleagues are working with CORNET to understand clinicians' needs related to healthcare for LGB adolescents. They are conducting semi-structured interviews to better understand physicians' and residents' knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and training needs related to working with sexual minority youth. Any primary care physician or medical resident who provides healthcare services to adolescents or young adults interested in participating may contact Holly at Participants' responses will remain confidential and participants will receive a $35 Amazon gift card.

In Progress:

Current Practices for Identifying and Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Continuity Clinic
PIs: Samantha Schilling, MD, MSHP, Marcia Morgenlander, MD, Mike Steiner, MD, MPH, Lynn Garfunkel, MD, & Janet Serwint, MD
This study seeks to provide an accurate picture of current screening practices in continuity clinics. The most effective means of addressing social determinants of health for pediatric patients will only be found if the role of primary care medical homes is critically evaluated. Pediatricians must determine how, when, and if screening should occur and whether interventions are effective. The PIs would like to drive this discussion with robust data from all continuity clinic sites in CORNET, not only the like-minded.

64 of CORNET's 158 resident continuity clinics have agreed to enter the study. We encourage you to consider participating as well! The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and each respondent will receive a $25 Amazon gift card as an acknowledgement for their time.

If your site is interested in participating, please provide the name and email address of each continuity clinic site director at your program to Holly at

National Immunization Partnership with the APA (NIPA)
PIs: Peter Szilagyi, MD, MPH, & Cynthia Rand, MD, MPH
This large-scale, quality improvement project coaches clinical sites through practice changes in order to increase adolescent HPV vaccination rates and limit missed opportunities for HPV vaccination at every clinic visit.

Faculty who meet minimum participation requirements will receive MOC 4 credit. Moreover, we are excited that we will be able to offer banked MOC credit for residents as well.

We are preparing abstracts based on Wave 1 and are finalizing data analysis of Wave 2. Wave 3 is currently in the implementation phase and will conclude September 2017. A fourth Wave is planned for 2018.

CORNET Presentations

CORNET members presented a workshop at the APA Region II/III Meeting on March 24th at NYU, entitled, "Partnering with parent navigators to meet your care coordination/PCMH needs and promote community-engaged research." The purpose of this workshop was to encourage collaboration between continuity clinics and local parent partners to advocate for and improve healthcare and health outcomes for children with special healthcare needs.

If you are interested in viewing the workshop materials and strengthening your clinic's parent partnerships, please contact CORNET's Research and Network Coordinator, Holly Tyrrell, at

CORNET Executive Committee

Do you know your Regional Research Chair?
Here is the current list of CORNET chairs by APA region. Please reach out to your local contact for any questions or research ideas. They would be happy to provide you with guidance and suggestions.

Region I: Mona Sharifi,
Region II: Allison Gorman,
Region III: Lucy Holmes,
Region IV: Mike Steiner,
Region V: Heather Burrows,
Region VI: Sue Heaney,
Region VII: Teresa Duryea,
Region VIII: Sharon Dabrow,
Region IX: Wendy Hobson-Rohrer,
Region X: Annika Hofstetter,

If you would like to receive more updates on projects, presentations, and other network activities, please consider enrolling in the CORNET listserv.

Resident continuity clinics interested in network membership, can visit CORNET's webpage for more information.

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