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NextGen Precision Health Special Science Seminar – Nov. 30, 2023

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Mystery of the Blue Highways

Presented by: Jack Westfall, MD, MPH, Vice President Medical Affairs, DARTNet Institute

Date: Nov. 30, 2023, noon-1 p.m.

Location: Tom and Linda Atkins Family Seminar Room, Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building


Why does it take so long for medical discoveries to reach the patients in our communities? Mystery of the Blue Highways provides a stroll through the bi-directional steps of translational research along the NIH Roadmap, finding the way through practice-based research networks, primary care, urban and rural community-based participatory research, to relevant, actionable clinical care.

Speaker BioJack Westfall

Jack Westfall is a family doctor in Colorado. He completed his MD and MPH at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, an internship in hospital medicine in Wichita, Kansas, and his Family Medicine Residency at the University of Colorado Rose Family Medicine Program. After joining the faculty at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, Dr. Westfall started the High Plains Research Network, a geographic community and practice-based research network in rural and frontier Colorado. He practiced family medicine in several rural communities including Limon, Ft. Morgan and his hometown of Yuma, Colorado. He added Medication Assisted Treatment to his clinical care in 2016.The work of the HPRN and its participatory Community Advisory Council has included funding from the CDC, NIH, AHRQ and numerous state and local foundations. After retiring from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Westfall worked for several years as the director for Whole Person Care at Santa Clara County Health and Hospitals in San Jose, California. He served for several years as the Director of the Robert Graham Center for policy research in primary care and family medicine in Washington, D.C. He continues to consult and collaborate on primary care practice-based research, community-based participatory research,  integrated primary care and behavioral health and the interface between primary care, public and community health.