Tessa Matson, PhD, MPH, a Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) collaborative scientist, was selected as a 2023-2024 fellow for the Center for Dissemination and Implementation At Stanford (C-DIAS). The award is for early or mid-career researchers to work at their home institution on using rigorous methods in dissemination and implementation science to improve public access to high-quality addiction treatment.
Yonah Karp, KPWHRI manager of data projects and programs, is the new technical lead of the Virtual Data Warehouse (VDW) at the Health Care Systems Research Network. The HCSRN brings together research institutes associated with health care systems from across the country. The VDW allows HCSRN researchers to conduct multisite studies using data from its health care systems. Karp will continue her KPWHRI work while contributing her experience and expertise as a VDW data engineer to HCSRN-level technical work.
The American Statistical Association (ASA) is the second-oldest continuously operating professional association in the U.S. Jennifer Bobb, PhD, a KPWHRI associate biostatistics investigator, serves on the ASA Committee for Funded Research and was elected to be the 2024 Chair of the ASA Biometrics Section.
In August, KPWHRI Collaborative Scientist Jessica Mogk, MPH, spoke at the North American Primary Care Research Group International Conference on Practice Facilitation. The topic of her presentation was tracking activities and outcomes of practice facilitation. KPWHRI coauthors were Collaborative Scientist Kelsey Stefanik-Guizlo, MPH; Collaborative Science Manager Claire Allen, MPH; Evaluation and Learning Associate Carly Levitz, MPH; Associate Investigator Joe Glass, PhD, MSW; and Senior Investigator Paula Lozano, MD, MPH.
At the same conference, KPWHRI Research Project Manager Sophia Mun, MPH, and Practice Facilitator Ariel Singer, MPH, spoke on "Finding 10,000 ways that won’t work: facilitating adoption of universal social screening in primary care." Singer also gave a keynote talk. Find out more about practice facilitation.
KPWHRI Collaborative Scientist Paige Wartko, PhD, MPH, gave a short talk about racial and ethnic group differences in the incidence of urinary tract infections during pregnancy. The presentation was for a "lightning forum" of the International Conference for Pharmacoepidemiology in August. KPWHRI coauthors on the presentation were programmer Sharon Fuller, Senior Investigator Susan Shortreed, PhD, and Senior Investigator Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD.
The Epic electronic health record system covers more than 305 million patients, including Kaiser Permanente members. Senior Collaborative Scientist Julie Richards, PhD, MPH, presented at the Epic annual Users Group Meeting in Wisconsin in August. Richards spoke on optimizing risk prediction models for preventing adolescent suicide.
KPWHRI Senior Investigator Bev Green, MD, MPH, gave an invited presentation to the Hypertension Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association, held in Boston in September. At the session on self-monitoring blood pressure and digital health innovations, Green spoke about managing and monitoring blood pressure outside of clinic visits.
In August, KPWHRI Senior Investigator Karen Wernli, PhD, gave insider tips about grant writing to the American Society for Preventive Oncology Survivorship, Health Outcomes & Comparative Effectiveness Research Special Interest Group. Wernli co-chairs the group, which examines physical, psychological, social, and economic effects of cancer and outcomes of cancer care practices and interventions. The group seeks to "inform clinical decisions by providing evidence on the effectiveness, costs, benefits, and harms of different survivorship care options."
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