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Clinical and Rural Health Research Department

Mission: to connect members of the North Country to innovative and modern medical treatment options in a safe and trusted way, while contributing to the scientific community through a rural health lens.


Through the promotion of clinical research involvement, education, and compliance, we deliver high-quality research in the following areas:


By partnering with pharmaceutical and device companies, St. Lawrence Health offers our patients, families, and providers the opportunity to take part in a variety of national and international clinical studies of new and existing medications and treatment options.


The research department provides support to providers and staff who want to pursue scientific interests outside of their every-day clinical practice. These projects include publishing interesting case reports as well as developing and executing their own retrospective/prospective observational studies.


Some investigators choose to develop internal studies to better understand the North Country patient population. These insights help us address the unique challenges faced by health systems in rural areas. To do this, we use various types of methods and analyses, including machine learning algorithms and data mining.


St. Lawrence Health’s Clinical Research Department has been awarded $216,359 in funding through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The award is being used to train St. Lawrence Health providers, clinical staff, and patients in the area of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. Specifically, the program aims to provide education on how to best identify and address questions and outcome measures of importance to patients and the community, making sure to include the patient voice in research question formulation, and research design, implementation, and results sharing. If you are interested in hearing more, or would like to become involved, please reach out to or (315) 261-6311.

COVID-19 Public Information Webinars

Topic: Vax Versus Fiction: Answering Questions and Presenting the Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
          Discussion included comparing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, vaccination safety, phased approach to vaccine distribution, herd immunity, and how to prepare to get the vaccine and what to expect. Presented by Kylie Broughal, PA-C.  Watch a recording of the webinar.

Topic: COVID-19: Fact Versus Fiction
          Discussion included COVID-19 compared to the flu, the effectiveness of masks and social distancing, and COVID-19 testing.Presented by Kylie Broughal, PA-C. Watch a recording of the webinar.

Topic: COVID-19 in Rural America
          Discussion included how COVID-19 can be treated, and how the pandemic is different here than in urban America. Presented by Eyal Kedar, MD. Watch a recording of the webinar.

COVID-19 and Mental Health/Substance Use:
- The Impact of COVID-19 on Substance Use, presented by: Emily Marquart, LMHC, CASAC; Emma Brackett, LCSW, CASAC; and Elizabeth Stiles, LPN
Navigating COVID-19 and the Impact on Children and Families, presented by: Heather Rich, LCSW, CASAC; and Laurie Zweifel, PhD
COVID-19 and School, presented by: Andrea Randall, Canton Central School Social Worker
COVID-19 and Mental Health, presented by Tyree Smith
St. Lawrence County COVID-19 Response: A Year in Review, presented by: Dana McGuire

COVID-19 Questionnaire

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Videos

Learning Together, Leading Together: Shaping Patient-Centered Research in the North Country, 3-Part Series:
Part 1: Introduction To and Examples Of Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.
Part II: Research Methods and Engagement Principles
Part III: Key Considerations for Engaged Research and the Importance of PCOR and Community Involvement


What Does PCOR Mean To You? (video)

Watch the video on What Does Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Mean To You?