About KAN

KAN is a primary care practice-based research network established in the year 2000 devoted to implementation science, as well as patient-centered, and population health research. KAN is a collaborative effort involving primary care physicians, health care providers, scientists, and public health experts throughout Kentucky and its bordering communities. KAN emphasizes the prevention and management of common health problems in Kentucky and their broader implications.

Administration and Affiliations

KAN is administered through the department of family and community medicine and the division of population medicine at the University of Kentucky. KAN is registered with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The network is also a member of the Federation of Practice Based Research Networks and an affiliate of the American Academy of Family Physicians national research network.


Members include nearly 300 community-based clinicians, health care administrators, and researchers in Kentucky, most of whom provide primary care via small private practices or community health centers. Members also include faculty with a broad array of expertise including public health, behavioral sciences, and health services.


KAN and its affiliated investigators have been supported to conduct practice-based research through federal and foundation grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pfizer, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Kentucky Association of Family Practice (KAFP), and by the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS).

Areas of Interest

Current areas of interest include chronic pain, complimentary/alternative medicine in primary care, lung cancer screening, tobacco cessation, cardiovascular and endocrine disorders, care transitions, health literacy, medication adherence, and systems-oriented quality improvement in practice.


Policies and Procedures

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Contact Us

Courtney Ortz, MSW, PhD
Kentucky Ambulatory Network
University of Kentucky
Department of Family and Community Medicine
2195 Harrodsburg Road
Lexington, KY 40504
FAX: 859-323-6661