Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN)
WREN is a group of primary care clinicians and researchers throughout Wisconsin who are interested in improving the care of patients through education and by conducting practice-based research and quality improvement projects. WREN staff are located in Madison, Eau Claire and Milwaukee.
WREN is one of the oldest and most respected practice-based research networks in the United States. It has an enthusiastic group of practicing clinicians and academic family physicians with the expertise to conduct high quality translational research in "real world" practices across the state of Wisconsin. With recent ICTR infrastructure support from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Wisconsin Academy of Family The Center for Urban Population Health is a partnership among the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Aurora Health Care, Inc. Our mission is to conduct and facilitate original population health research and education initiatives that improve the health of urban communities through collaboration with academic and community organizations.
Physicians, WREN is poised to become an agent of change in how medicine is practiced in Wisconsin and beyond.
The mission of the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN) is to improve health outcomes for the people of Wisconsin through education, and through promoting and conducting primary care research in partnership with primary care clinicians and the communities they serve.
WREN has been successful in securing funding through participation in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR). This has allowed WREN to expand the staff necessary to support translational research projects and dissemination of research results at WREN practices.
Size and Scope
WREN presently consists of more than 40 practices and over 100 clinicians in 24 communities, from 17 different healthcare organizations distributed across Wisconsin in an array very similar to the distribution of Wisconsin’s population.
WREN includes three Aurora Health Care clinics:
Current WREN Projects
WREN conducts two annual meetings. A research forum held in conjunction with the WAFP annual meeting and sponsored by the WAFP, and UWDFM provides a venue for Wisconsin medical students, resident physicians, and both new and experienced researchers to present their research findings in a supportive, collegial environment. WREN also conducts an annual convocation of clinicians to update WREN members on current and future projects, present preliminary study results and conduct WREN business.
Dissemination of research results can be blended into quality enhancement projects resulting in improved health care processes and practices. These, in turn, can result in improved patient safety, patient satisfaction and health outcomes.
WREN is interested in new collaborations with researchers and organizations to develop funded quality improvement and research projects.
Paul Smith, MD
Mike Grasmick, PhD
Research and Practice Support Specialists (REPSS)
Cynthia Colombo, MS
Peggy O’Halloran, MPH
Katherine Pronschinske, BS
Center for Urban Population Health
Jennifer Evertsen, MS
Aurora UW Medical Group Local Investigators
Dennis Baumgardner, MD
Elizabeth Bade, MD
* Projects in which CUPH is actively involved