We take a patient-centric approach and use our data to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat chronic diseases while promoting community health.
Chronic diseases are long-lasting conditions, and people living with chronic diseases (such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or depression) must learn to manage daily symptoms that affect their quality of life. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States.
In an effort to mitigate the impacts of chronic diseases, the Primary Care Research Institute (PCRI) promotes community health research and best practices centered around minimizing socioeconomic and environmental risk factors. It is the overarching goal of PCRI researchers to support work at the community level that promotes healthy living, helps to prevent chronic disease, and brings overall health benefits to the greatest number of people in need. By working directly with the community, the PCRI team strives to reduce health gaps caused by social determinants of health, such as differences in race and ethnicity, location, social status, and income.