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Research Centers

Kaiser Foundation Research Institute provides research administration leadership and support to our research program. Investigators and staff are based at seven regional research centers and one national center. Clinician researchers work at medical centers across all regions.

Our research centers are:

The Center for Clinical and Outcomes Research (Georgia Region)

The Center for Clinical and Outcomes Research was established in 1998 and focuses on research projects and clinical trials that are aligned with the region’s strategic objectives. The center’s research portfolio and interests center on studies that will help the Kaiser Permanente Georgia Region improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. These include such topics as ways to help people maintain a healthy weight, exercise more or quit smoking, control chronic pain, or manage a chronic disease, as well as implementation science — e.g., testing models of care and implementing and evaluating practice change.

The Center for Health Research — Hawaii (Hawaii Region)

The work undertaken by the Center for Health Research — Hawaii is specially attuned to the health issues of the local population, which suffers disproportionately from several chronic diseases, primarily diabetes and heart disease. Research includes chronic disease prevention and epidemiology, as well as health IT and care delivery research.

The Center for Health Research — Northwest (Northwest Region)

The Center for Health Research — Northwest was established in 1964 and has been a leader in the field of health research for 50 years. As the research landscape has shifted over that time, CHR has adapted and cultivated new strengths, while remaining true to its guiding mission of advancing knowledge to improve health and transform health care. The Center’s research covers a broad range of topics including cancer, diabetes and obesity, health disparities, mental health, maternal and child health, evidence-based medicine and policy, health services improvement and health economics, genetics, and oral health (in collaboration with the only dental program in Kaiser Permanente).

The Department of Research & Evaluation (Southern California Region)

The Department of Research & Evaluation focuses on conducting research with real-world implications and translating findings into practice. The department is expanding and building scientific expertise in new research areas, including health services and implementation science, which helps the organization to understand how to provide better care for members, and the communities from which they come from, as well as bridge the gap between research and practice.

The Division of Research (Northern California Region)

The Division of Research was established in 1961. DOR’s program is built on a base of rigorous epidemiologic investigation in a large, well-characterized population, and has made major contributions in risk factor identification, prevention and drug safety. New areas of inquiry include the role of genes and the environment in health, the use of health informatics, managing chronic conditions and delivery science to enhance specialty care.

Health Research Institute (Washington Region)

The Health Research Institute (formerly Group Health Research Institute) has been conducting nonproprietary public-interest research on preventing, diagnosing and treating major health problems since 1983. Its mission is to improve health and healthcare for everyone through leading-edge research, innovation and dissemination. Kaiser Permanente Washington partners with the Institute to form a learning health system with innovative practices at 25 medical centers and within major Washington hospitals. Kaiser Permanente Washington has earned national recognition for medical quality, disease prevention and evidence-based treatments. Government and private research grants provide the institute’s main funding.

The Institute for Health Research (Colorado Region)

The Institute for Health Research partners with members, clinicians, fellow researchers, and local and national organizations and aims to improve quality of life and reduce health disparities through patient, community, and policy-centered research. The institute’s researchers study innovative technologies to enhance the impact and sustainability of evidence-based health care. The institute conducts research to address the Institute of Medicine’s goals for a reformed health care system that is safe, effective, timely, efficient, equitable, affordable, and patient-centered.

Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute (Mid-Atlantic Region)

Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute was established in 2000 and is the research core for Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C., in collaboration with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States. The institute’s mission is to advance medical knowledge and improve the quality of care and health of our patients and communities we serve by conducting innovative scientific and clinical research. The institute’s primary research continues to be patient-focused, with major areas of study in infectious diseases, cardiovascular and metabolic research, oncology, and health informatics, as well as clinical trials.

The Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research (National)

The Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research is a national research center that leverages the expertise of Kaiser Permanente’s eight regional research centers to answer important comparative effectiveness and safety questions that affect health and care delivery questions, building on existing collaborations within the network.