Kelsey Stefanik-Guizlo is passionate about engaging patients, family members, and health care teams in accelerating the timeline of putting research into practice. She has deep experience in patient and community engagement, practice facilitation, quality improvement, and program design, implementation, and evaluation.
Kelsey joined Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) in 2020 as an implementation and evaluation associate and became part of KPWHRI’s faculty as a collaborative scientist in 2022. She has worked on a number of projects in KPWHRI’s Center for Accelerating Care Transformation (ACT Center), including:
Kelsey earned a Master of Public Health at the University of Washington in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice program. She completed her master’s capstone project with Seattle Children’s Hospital, where she worked on a PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute)-funded project to improve support for children with type 1 diabetes in the Everett School District through the creation of a community leadership council on diabetes management. During her practicum at Public Health — Seattle & King County, Kelsey interviewed community leaders and stakeholders to understand needs related to training community health workers to support patients with chronic conditions and developed several training outlines.
Prior to joining KPWHRI, Kelsey worked as a program director for the Arthritis Foundation, Lupus Foundation of America, American Diabetes Association, and American Lung Association. In these roles she managed patient education programs including summer camps and educational events, as well as accredited continuing medical education trainings for health care providers. She started her career working in federal advocacy at the American Heart Association in Washington, D.C.
Outside of work Kelsey enjoys exploring new places both near and far, being near the water, and spending time with her husband, son, and 2 dogs.
Diabetes, patient and community engagement, primary care-based chronic illness management, whole-person, integrated care
Practice facilitation, implementation science
Patient engagement and partnership
Singer AR, Coleman KF, Mahmud A, Holden E, Stefanik-Guizlo K. Assessing the feasibility of an empathic inquiry approach to social needs screening in 10 federally qualified health centers. Perm J. 2023 Oct 13:1-7. doi: 10.7812/TPP/22.178 [Epub ahead of print] PubMed
Glass JE, Dorsey CN, Beatty T, Bobb JF, Wong ES, Palazzo L, King D, Mogk J, Stefanik-Guizlo K, Idu A, Key D, Fortney JC, Thomas R, McWethy AG, Caldeiro RM, Bradley KA. Study protocol for a factorial-randomized controlled trial evaluating the implementation, costs, effectiveness, and sustainment of digital therapeutics for substance use disorder in primary care (DIGITS Trial). Implement Sci. 2023 Feb 1;18(1):3. doi: 10.1186/s13012-022-01258-9. PubMed
Stefanik-Sidener K. Nature, nurture, or that fast food hamburger: Media framing of diabetes in the New York Times from 2000 to 2010. Health Commun. 2013;28(4):351-8. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2012.688187. Epub 2012 Jul 2. PubMed
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