April 2023

KPWHRI recently received word of 2 new awards.

NIA AD/ADRD (Alzheimer’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias) Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory

A 1-year, $189,494 grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Major goals: The major goal is to develop and test a pilot study to assess the acceptability and feasibility of an intervention to help reduce the utilization of medications that may increase the risk of falls in older adults living with dementia. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is Ben Balderson.

Prospective Observational Cohort Study to Assess SARS-CoV-2-Vaccine Effectiveness

A 1-year, $68,942 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Major goals: The major goals of this project are to assess how well COVID-19 vaccines protect against infections in the community with particular focus on children ages 5 to 18 years. Results will provide information on how long immunity may last following vaccination, how well vaccines work, and when boosters may be needed. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is Tyler Ross.


March 2023

KPWHRI recently received word of 2 new awards.

Creating a Sentinel Linked EHR-Claims Development Network (DI7)

A 2-year, $425,939 grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Major goals: The focus of this Sentinel task order is to use natural language processing (NLP) to create a linked electronic health record (EHR)-claims development network. KPWHRI will take part in this multi-site project by contributing to the development of a standardized process for assembly and storage of free-text notes and next steps for routine meta data extraction from structured EHR tables. KPWHRI will also run a demonstration project aimed to demonstrate efficient validation using NLP-assisted chart abstractions. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is David Carrell.

Development of a Digital Decision Support Tool to Facilitate Developmentally Appropriate Adolescent Contraceptive Counseling in Primary Care

A 2-year, $55,033 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Major goals: To develop a digital decision support tool to facilitate developmentally appropriate adolescent contraceptive counseling in primary care. We hope to recruit primary care clinicians and teens at Kaiser Permanente Washington to participate in design sessions (focus groups and/or interviews) outside of clinical time. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is Annie Hoopes.


February 2023

KPWHRI recently received word of 2 new awards.

CHCF — Samaritan Evaluation

A 1-year, $23,423 grant from the California Health Care Foundation. Major goals: To provide evaluation support to understand the impact of the Samaritan platform on care management and health outcomes. The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is Melissa Trapp Petty.

MELO Housing for Health

A 1-year, $174,182 grant from the Kaiser Permanente Program Office. Major goals: To evaluate the ongoing implementation of the Kaiser Permanente Health, Housing, and Justice: Medical Legal Partnership Initiative, and to provide Kaiser Permanente and other stakeholders with practical insights for improving, sustaining, and scaling this work. The evaluation focuses on assessing changes in staff and system capacity, identifying promising practices in development of workflows and protocols to effectively serve patients, and identifying key learnings related to collaboration across the medical and legal sectors. (MELO stands for measurement, evaluation, and learning for outcomes.) The Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute lead investigator is Natasha Arora.