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Updated Enrollment Survey

The APA CORNET Steering and Executive Committees have been working hard to update the network's enrollment survey. We hope this will make it easier for individual continuity clinics to join APA CORNET, while also helping connect the more than 200 pediatric residency programs across the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

We would like to encourage all current members to update your enrollment! This will help us to:

  • Recruit for new research studies
  • Communicate with leaders at individual continuity clinics
  • Collaborate with all network members

If you are new to APA CORNET and have not yet enrolled, please consider doing so!

As a reminder, we ask that all sites contacts are current members of the APA.

Access the APA CORNET Enrollment Survey here.

Join the CORNET Listserv

To receive network updates, please subscribe to the listserv here.

Leadership Opportunities

Region IX Research Chair

CORNET is seeking APA CORNET members from Region IX to serve as a member of the CORNET Executive Committee in the role as the Regional Research Chair.

The Role of a CORNET Regional Research Chair is to:

  • Facilitate communication among the Region's CORNET member sites and direct information to and from the Executive Committee
  • Recruit additional institutions/clinics within their region to participate in CORNET activities
  • Generate research study ideas from regional sites
  • Advise on possible funding opportunities
  • Participate in the annual 1½ day national CORNET planning meeting following PAS, as well as quarterly conference calls

To apply, please click here to learn more.


National Immunization Partnership with the APA (NIPA)

The Academic Pediatric Association’s (APA) Continuity Research Network (CORNET) would like to recruit you and your pediatric residency program for an exciting quality improvement (QI) project called the “National Immunization Partnership with the APA” (NIPA) Wave 5. As a part of this project, the APA will be working with CORNET and the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) to implement a large-scale practice-based quality improvement (QI) program to prioritize HPV vaccination at every adolescent visit.

As you are aware, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease: an estimated 79 million Americans are currently infected, and approximately 14 million new infections develop each year. HPV causes over 95% of cervical cancers and is also a leading cause of vaginal, vulvar, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers. HPV vaccine rates in the US are alarmingly low: in 2016, only 43% of females and 31.5% of males 13-17 years of age received the complete three-dose series. Furthermore, despite the CDC’s recommendation to vaccinate at 11-12 years, most adolescents do not initiate vaccination at this age. We have shown that practice-level change is vital to achieving the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80% vaccination coverage, and our QI protocol is designed to aid providers in implementing evidence-based strategies to raise immunization rates and lower HPV prevalence in their communities.

We are recruiting continuity clinics for Wave 5, the final year, of this project. All interested sites, both those new to the project and those who participated in previous waves, are welcome to enroll. Wave 5 is expected to run between February 2019 and November 2019, and will consist of a 1-month start up including orientation and QI training, baseline data collection, a 6-month intervention period, and post-intervention data collection.

This project is funded through a cooperative agreement between the APA and the CDC.

Requirements of participation

  • IRB or QI approval letter (or a reliance agreement) to conduct this project
  • Attend orientation call
  • Complete a pre-intervention and post-intervention assessment survey
  • Perform retrospective chart reviews, pre-intervention and monthly
  • Listen to educational modules and webinars to help you make change in your practice
  • Complete monthly chart reviews and PDSA Diaries

Benefits of participation

For practices:

  • $2000 compensation for practice efforts
  • Monthly feedback on individual practice performances
  • Customized tools and materials available for use in all practices

For faculty:

  • Receive ABP MOC part 4 credit (25 points) for your portfolio after completing all requirements

For residents:

  • Meets ACGME requirements for Resident QI project
  • Receive banked ABP MOC part 4 credit (25 points) for your portfolio after completing all requirements

Please contact CORNET’s Holly Tyrrell at for questions or if you are interested in participating.

Submit a proposal!

CORNET welcomes any interested individuals and groups to submit research proposals for the Executive Committee's review. If you have a research question you would like to develop or are considering submitting to the network, please contact CORNET's Research and Network Coordinator, Holly Tyrrell, and CORNET's Network Director, Iman Sharif, for more information.

Please use the research proposal form when submitting a proposal. We look forward to hearing from you!

Project Recruitment

WE CARE (Well Child Care Evaluation, Community Resources, Advocacy, Referral, Education) aims to address Social Determinants of Health in pediatric practices. The study is funded by the NIH, specifically NICHD, and will start enrolling families to participate this Fall. WE CARE is a new model of care to better address families’ social needs compared to the current standard of care. The intervention includes screening and referring to local resources for social needs such as food insecurity, housing, and childcare. The WE CARE study has a stepped wedge design, in which participating practices implement the WE CARE intervention at staggered intervals; practices will be randomly assigned to receive training online or at your practice at a mutually convenient time.

Benefits of participating:

  • Learn how to screen for unmet social needs and develop a Family Resource Book with referrals.
  • Receive guidance in identifying local community resources that address six social needs: food insecurity, housing, utilities, childcare, employment, and education.
  • Help researchers understand families’ social needs and ways to address them.
  • Potential to enhance your relationship with patients’ families.
  • Practices will receive $2,000 in recognition of their time devoted to this study.

Eligible practices:

  • Must provide care to patients that are uninsured or covered by public insurance
  • Must NOT identify as a Community Health Center
  • Must NOT routinely screen and refer for three or more of the following six basic social needs at well-child care visits:
    • Childcare
    • Employment
    • Housing
    • Food insecurity
    • Education
    • Utilities (heating, cooling, water, and/or electricity)

To learn more and to join the WE CARE study’s Cycles 2 and 3, please contact Holly Tyrrell via email at

Our goal is that by finding and assisting families with unmet needs, we might change the course of patients' and families' health and wellness. We hope to hear from you!

Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting

CORNET at PAS 2018 in Toronto, Canada


Title: Quality Improvement in Vaccine Delivery, Measuring Up-to-date using the Tally Form: A Study from the Continuity Research Network (CORNET)
Authors: Tyrrell H, Rand C, Szilagyi P, Salvati ZM, Darden PM
Session Title: QI Methods
Date/Time: May 7, 2018 from 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
Board #: 350


Title: CORNET CARD STUDY #1: DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE, AND CAN I DO WHAT YOU DO? [Caring for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)]
Authors: Sharif I, Tyrrell H, Braganza S, Rosen C, Mogilner L, Phillips A, Slovin S.
Session Title: Children with Special Health Care Needs 6: Potpourri
Date/Time: May 7, 2018 from 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
Board #: 182


Title: Screening for Social Determinants of Health in Pediatric Resident Continuity Clinics
Authors: Morgenlander M, Steiner M, Garfunkel L, Serwint J, Tyrrell H, Schilling S.
Session Title: General Pediatrics- Primary Care 2
Session Date/Time: May 8, 2018 from 12:15 PM to 2:15 PM
Presentation Time: 2:00 PM to 2:15 PM




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