January 2024

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute recently received word of 5 new awards.

Acumen America — MIC Evaluation Design

A 1-year, $25,000 grant from the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Major goals: To provide consultation on evaluation design for up to 4 pilot projects funded as part of Acumen America's Medicaid Innovation Collaborative (MIC) Tech Enabled Social Determinants of Health Pilot Program. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is Maggie Jones.

California Health Care Foundation Hazel Health Telemental Health Evaluation Implementation

A 2-year, $239,769 grant from the California Health Care Foundation. Major goals: To understand the Hazel Health telemental health implementation in schools. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is Natasha Arora.

Free From Market — United Healthcare Pilot Evaluation

A 1-year, $50,000 grant from Free From Market. Major goals: To evaluate a pilot program to provide access to Free From Market (a virtual food pantry) to high-risk pregnant people in Kansas who are experiencing food insecurity. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is Elena Kuo.

Incorporate Frequently Used Engineered Features from Electronic Health Records (EHRs) into the Sentinel Common Data Model in the Sentinel EHR and Claims Linked Data Partner Network (FE5)

A 1-year, $200,000 grant from the Food and Drug Administration. Major goals: To derive health care risk factors such as smoking status and history of suicide attempt from clinical free text using natural language processing. The newly generated features will populate a new table in the FDA Sentinel common data model. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is Robert Penfold.

Washington Learning Health System Embedded Scientist Training and Research Center (WA LHS E-STAR Center)

A 5-year, $4,999,458 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Major goals: The major goal of the Washington Learning Health System (LHS) E-STAR Center is to train a diverse set of independent scientists with a solid foundation in LHS research who can change the paradigm of primary care research through research that rapidly develops and implements evidence while simultaneously building LHS capacity in safety net primary care settings. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is Paula Lozano.