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Father's Experiences Inspire Researcher to Reduce Health Disparities

Gloria Coronado has a picture of her father taped to her office door. It was taken a few months before he died of bladder cancer in 2011.

“The day we took that picture was a good day,” says Gloria, a scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland. “For the first time in months, he wanted to get outside. We went to the park and ate tacos.”

Nov 9 2015

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Involving Patients as Equal Partners in Research

Chronic pain affects more than 100 million Americans. That’s more than diabetes, cancer and heart disease combined. It’s the number one reason patients visit their primary care providers, sometimes with the expectation that those providers will have a quick cure or answer. But for most patients with chronic pain, that’s not the case. The pain can last several years or a lifetime, but as we learn in this video, patients who take an active role in their treatment can often return to normal activities and improve their quality of life. The video was funded by the non-profit Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

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Celebrating 50 Years of Improving Public Health

Founded in 1964 with only a handful of employees, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research has since grown to nearly 250 employees in two states. The Center started in a small basement office in Portland, Oregon and fifty years later is housed a few miles away in a large, stand-alone building on Kaiser Permanente’s Interstate medical campus. This brief video features highlights from a half-century of conducting health care research and looks ahead to the Center’s future.

5/27/2014

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