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Principal Investigator, St. Peters Facilitator

Adam Gordon, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM

Dr. Gordon is the Elbert F. and Marie Christensen Endowed Research Professor, tenured Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, at the University of Utah School of Medicine and the Section Chief of Addiction Medicine at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. He has a 20+ year track record of conducting research on the quality, equity, and efficiency of health care for vulnerable populations, including those who are homeless or who have addiction. A major theme of his research includes examining the efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation of evidence-based identification, assessment, and treatments for patients with addiction. His methodologic skills include health services, clinical trials, large database studies, and implementation science research. He has received efforts on grants from the NIH, VA, AHRQ, PCORI, SAMHSA and Foundations.

"The RAIN Initiative is a fabulous program that will allow rural hospitals/clinics to build upon their prior activities and spark improvement to the health and welfare of patients with opioid misuse, opioid use disorder, and substance use disorders. I am particularly excited to reduce the stigma of these disorders and their treatment. PARCKA is an excited partner!"

Adam Gordon
Madison Memorial Facilitator

Jerry Cochran, PhD, MSW

Gerald (Jerry) Cochran is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology at the University of Utah and serves as the Director of Research for the Program on Addiction Research, Clinical Care, Knowledge, and Advocacy within the Division of Epidemiology. He also has an adjunct Associate Professor appointment with the University of Utah Department of Psychiatry and is core faculty with the Informatics, Decision-Enhancement, and Analytic Sciences (IDEAS) Center of Innovation within the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System.

Dr. Cochran’s area of expertise involves identifying and studying appropriate care for underserved populations in health care settings, with particular emphasis on individuals who use drugs and alcohol. He has extensive expertise in clinical- and system-level behavioral health services research. Dr. Cochran’s work has focused on development and testing of evidence-based practices for addressing opioid and other substance use in health care settings. Dr. Cochran’s work aims to improve substance use prevention and treatment services.

Jerry Cochran
UNHS Facilitator

A. Taylor Kelley, MD, MPH, MSc

Dr. Taylor Kelley is an assistant professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and a primary care physician in the Vulnerable Veteran Innovative Patient-Aligned Care Team Initiative (VIP) clinic at the Salt Lake City VA. Dr. Kelley received his medical degree from the University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston and holds a master of public health degree from Harvard and master of science degree in health care research from the University of Michigan. As a general internist and pediatrician, his research interests include access to care for vulnerable populations, with focus on immigrants, veterans, and individuals covered by Medicaid.

Taylor Kelley
St. Johns Facilitator

Audrey Jones, PhD

Dr. Jones completed her PhD in Health Services Research at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, with a focus on mental health services research. Her current research examines patient experiences within the relatively new patient-centered medical home model of primary care, and associations between those experiences and mental health services use. She has expertise in using administrative and survey data sources to answer healtth policy questions related to primary care-mental health integration; access to and quality of metal health care; and disparities in mental health services use and outcomes. 

Audrey Jones
Study Coordinator

Cole Fordham

Cole has previously worked for the Salt Lake County Health Department in their Covid outreach program and he has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in Kinesiology. Cole is originally from Cedar City, Utah, he came to the Salt Lake City for school and decided to stay in the area. He lives with his dog, Luna. Cole enjoys anything involving general fitness and staying active. He spends his time swimming, hiking, and weightlifting.

Cole Fordham