The Midwest Nursing Centers Consortium Research Network: translating research into practice

Policy Polit Nurs Pract. 2006 May;7(2):101-9. doi: 10.1177/1527154406289719.


Community nursing centers (CNCs) serve the health needs of culturally diverse populations that are often marginalized and likely to experience disparities in health. CNCs utilize innovative models of primary health care that blend traditional medical management with nursing case management and community-based health promotion strategies. This article describes the mission and activities of the Midwest Nursing Centers Consortium Research Network (MNCCRN), a practice-based research network (PBRN) funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and is one of only two federally funded nonphysician primary care PBRNs and the only PBRN in the United States comprising exclusively CNCs. The MNCCRN utilizes Advanced Practice Nurses to deliver primary health care with a particular emphasis on reducing health disparities. The MNCCRN has successfully established a multisite, multistate collaboration for community-based participatory research that will ultimately inform practice, education, and health policy.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Centers / organization & administration*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Forecasting
  • Foundations / organization & administration
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Midwestern United States
  • Models, Nursing
  • Nurse Practitioners / education
  • Nurse Practitioners / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Evaluation Research / organization & administration*
  • Nursing Faculty Practice / organization & administration
  • Organizational Policy
  • Primary Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Professional Practice Location
  • Program Development
  • Research Design
  • Research Support as Topic
  • Schools, Nursing / organization & administration
  • Vulnerable Populations