Collaborative Research

community based, patient engaged


Research is a critical process in the innovation of quality patient care, patient education, and graduate medical education.

MAHEC inter- and intra-professional teams conduct clinical, epidemiological, translational, educational, and patient-centered outcome research within the context of graduate medical education, faculty development, and collaborative research partnerships. Residents and Fellows participate in experiential research training and investigator-initiated research projects. Medical students, undergraduate and graduate students from regional universities collaborate in ongoing and investigator-initiated projects in the pursuit of academic degrees.

Clinical providers including doctors, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners, licensed social workers and counselors, pharmacists, nutritionists, nurses, certified medical assistants, and phlebotomists collaborate on projects with dedicated research staff. Our external research partners include the following:

  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine Research Network, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Women’s Research Center of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
  • Mission Hospital and the Mission Hospital Research Institute
  • Western Carolina University
  • UNC-Asheville
  • Community Care of Western North Carolina
  • National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics
  • March of Dimes
  • Other graduate medical education programs and multi-site research collaboratives


Research Priorities:

At MAHEC we strive to align our research priorities with Western North Carolina citizens' diverse needs. Our current priority areas for research include:

  1. Demonstrating the impact of our rural health initiative on the rural workforce of Western North Carolina
  2. Demonstrating the effectiveness of our medical education strategies
  3. Assessing the effectiveness of innovative patient care strategies in improving population health, specifically in areas related to substance abuse, mental health, obesity, preconception and inter-conception care, and social determinants of health


Publication News:

The latest external publications by MAHEC faculty and learners:

Connolly AM, Blanchard A, Goepfert A, Donnellan N, Buys, E, Uribe R, Kenton, K. Surgical skills feedback and myTIPreport: is there construct validity? Obstetrics & Gynecology: October 2017 - Volume 130 - Issue - p 17S–23S doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002208.

Galvin SL, Grandy R, Woodall T, Parlier AB, Thach S, Landis SE. Improved Utilization of Preventive Services Among Patients Following Team-Based Annual Wellness Visits. N C Med J. 2017 Sep-Oct;78(5):287-295. doi: 10.18043/ncm.78.5.287. PubMed PMID: 28963260.

Latessa RA, Swendiman RA, Parlier AB, Galvin SL, Hirsh DA. Graduates' Perceptions of Learning Affordances in Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships: A Dual-Institution, Mixed-Methods Study. Acad Med. 2017 Sep;92(9):1313-1319. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001621. PubMed PMID: 28248695.

Wilson CG, Fagan EB. Providing Office-Based Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder. Ann Fam Med. 2017 Sep;15(5):481. doi: 10.1370/afm.2139. PubMed PMID: 28893820.

Pattison-Sharp E, Estrada RD, Elio A, Prendergast M, Carpenter DM. School nurse experiences with prescription opioids in urban and rural schools: A cross-sectional survey. J Addict Dis. 2017 Aug 8:1-7. doi: 10.1080/10550887.2017.1361725. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28786772.

Cogburn G, Ketner MB. The North Carolina Lactation Educator Training Program: A Report at 20 Years. J Hum Lact. 2017 Aug 1:890334417723826. doi: 10.1177/0890334417723826. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28841404.

Parlier AB, Galvin SL, Thach S, Kruidenier D, Fagan EB. The Road to Rural Primary Care: A Narrative Review of Factors That Help Develop, Recruit, and Retain Rural Primary Care Physicians. Acad Med. 2017 Aug 1. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001839. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28767498.

Crane MS, Sloane PD, Elder NC, Cohen LW, Laughtenschlager N, et al. Implementing Near-Miss Reporting and Improvement Tracking in Primary Care Practices: Lessons Learned. [revised 2017 August]. [Internet]. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; 2017 August. 1 page. Available from:

Scott MA, Heck JE, Wilson CG. The Integral Role of the Clinical Pharmacist Practitioner in Primary Care. N C Med J. 2017 May-Jun;78(3):181-185. doi: 10.18043/ncm.78.3.181. PubMed PMID: 28576956.

Hodge B, Crane S. Engaging Complex Patients With Drop-In Group Medical Appointments. Ann Fam Med. 2017 May;15(3):279. doi: 10.1370/afm.2065. PubMed PMID: 28483899; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5422095.

Wilson CG, Rodriguez F, Carrington AC, Fagan EB. Development of a targeted naloxone coprescribing program in a primary care practice. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2017 Mar - Apr;57(2S):S130-S134. doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2016.12.076. Epub 2017 Feb 9. PubMed PMID: 28189537.

Eiff MP, Green LA, Jones G, Devlaeminck AV, Waller E, Dexter E, Marino M, Carney PA. Varied Rates of Implementation of Patient-Centered Medical Home Features and Residents' Perceptions of Their Importance Based on Practice Experience. Fam Med. 2017 Mar;49(3):183-192. PubMed PMID: 28346620.

Carney PA, Waller E, Dexter E, Marino M, Rosener SE, Green LA, Jones G, M Keister JD, Dostal JA, Jones SM, Eiff MP. Association Between Patient- Centered Medical Home Features and Satisfaction With Family Medicine Residency Training in the US. Fam Med. 2016 Nov;48(10):784-794. PubMed PMID: 27875601.

If you know of an additional publication that you believe should be listed above, or if you have questions, contact:

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MAHEC Division of Research
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