About Us


To provide a space for the health care community to collaborate in the development, implementation, and application of research that improves the health outcomes, experience, and affordability of health care for all of the people in our region.


In 2010 a number of regional healthcare organizations began discussing the possibility of an open collaborative approach to addressing common issues. By the end of 2011, a core group formally launched the new Midwest Research Network (MWRN). Members of the original steering committee represented several research and provider organizations in the region, including: Medica Research Institute, Park Nicollet Institute, Essentia Institute for Rural Health, the University of Minnesota Clinical Translational Science Institute; Stratis Health; and the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI).

During the first six months in existence, MWRN members jointly submitted partnership grants focused on: primary care decision support tools; patient engagement in quality and cost measures; and testing data sharing protocols. Smaller interest groups were then formed around topics in Informatics, Mental Health, Aging, and Clinical Decision Support (link to Special Interest Groups).

Guiding Principles of the Network

How we will work together

  • Framework for interested parties to conduct population health research in a neutral collaborative environment.
  • Funded through the development of collaborative grant proposals, leveraging existing partnerships across the Network.
  • Research questions may address areas of payment reform, quality/care improvement, prevention, and other community health care issues.
  • Efficient sharing of assets including data, expertise, and infrastructure, while maintaining confidentiality.
  • Results are transparent and shared in the public domain.
  • Formal governance structure supporting a consensual process where organizations have an equal voice.

Steering Committee

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