Bev Green is a Group Health physician scientist known for pioneering work in preventive and evidence-based medicine. With a goal of improving systems of care, she harnesses her experience as a family doctor to design and evaluate programs that make effective treatment easier for patients to follow through with—and easier for providers to deliver.
Dr. Green is a national leader in developing and implementing evidence-based guidelines, including more than a decade of service as a reviewer for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Her research has a strong public health emphasis, targeting conditions that impact large proportions of the population, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity. She is a core member of the Alliance for Reducing Cancer, Northwest, a collaborative team of cancer prevention and control experts whose mission is to evaluate and respond to gaps in the Guide to Community Preventive Services (the Community Guide). Dr. Green's current focus is shifting to care of chronic conditions, including hypertension and cardiovascular disease, with emphasis on leveraging technologies and systems-based care.
In 2008, Dr. Green published results from a randomized trial showing that Web-based care and at-home blood pressure checks can help control hypertension. These landmark findings earned her an invitation to speak at the August 2008 Author in the Room Teleconference hosted by the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. She is currently working with WWAMI—a partnership between the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine and the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho—to translate this innovative Web-based care program into community settings.
She is also leading a study that demonstrated that colorectal cancer screening rates could be more than doubled by leveraging electronic health record data, mailing stool kits, and using stepped-intensity interventions for those still needed screening. She is working with the OCHIN Practice-Based Research Network to implement a similar intervention in 26 safety net clinics in Oregon and California.
Dr. Green was honored by Group Health in 1999 for her contributions to clinical quality improvement and was a finalist for the organization's 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award. She was an associate editor for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine from 2009 to 2014. She shares her varied expertise in frequent invited lectures around the world and has served as a consultant for ABC News since 2004. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice and belongs to several professional organizations, including the American College of Preventive Medicine and is a fellow of the American Society of Hypertension, an honor given for contributions to the field. Dr. Green has served as an associate clinical professor at the UW School of Medicine since 1992.
Green BB, Anderson ML, Chubak J, Baldwin LM, Tuzzio L, Catz S, Cole A, Vernon SW. Colorectal cancer screening rates increased after exposure to the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). J Am Board Fam Med. 2016;29(2):191-200. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2016.02.150290. PubMed
Vollmer WM, Coronado GD, Green BB. Analytic challenges arising from the STOP CRC trial: pragmatic solutions for pragmatic problems. eGEMs (Wash DC). 2015 Dec 9;3(1):1200. doi: 10.13063/2327-9214.1200. eCollection 2015.
Green BB, Anderson ML, Chubak J, Fuller S, Meenan RT, Vernon SW. Impact of continued mailed fecal tests in the patient-centered medical home: year 3 of the systems of support to increase colon cancer screening and follow-up randomized trial. Cancer. 2015 Oct 21. doi: 10.1002/cncr.29734. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Coronado GD, Retecki S, Schneider J, Taplin SH, Burdick T, Green BB. Recruiting community health centers into pragmatic research: findings from STOP CRC. Clin Trials. 2015 Sep 29. pii: 1740774515608122. [Epub ahead of print].
Recruiting participants for a colon-cancer screening study wasn’t easy. But a young interviewer discovered her work may have prevented someone’s untimely death.
Read it in Healthy Findings.
Research shows innovative approach serves health care consumers over long term.
Reuters, June 17, 2014