About Our Center

Founded in 1964, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR) is a single research center that spans two regions of Kaiser Permanente: Northwest and Hawaii.

With 41 investigators, 243 staff members, and annual revenues of nearly $45 million, we pursue a vigorous agenda of public health research within large, diverse populations. Most of our funding comes from federal grants and contracts. We also receive support from Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Initiative, private foundations, and industry.

Our research scientists are a highly diverse and skilled group with specialties ranging from psychology to anthropology to economics to epidemiology. Centralized departments provide the infrastructure and expertise necessary to support our investigators as they write grant proposals, conduct studies, analyze data, and publish their findings.

Our close affiliation with the Kaiser Permanente delivery system allows us to conduct studies with real patients and health care providers in real-life settings. KP Northwest enrolls more than 500,000 health plan members and 200,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Our sister research site in Honolulu—affiliated with the Hawaii region of KP—adds significantly to the diversity of our member pool, with 244,000 additional multi-ethnic members. In addition, we cultivate strong working partnerships with academic institutions, community organizations, and other health systems.


Scientists at the Center are supported by robust internal resources and teams with deep expertise in multiple disciplines.

Our People

Our investigators and research staff come to the Center with diverse backgrounds, a wide spectrum of skills and talents, and a shared passion for the cause of improving health through science.

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Center for Health Research - Hawaii


CHR-Hawaii focuses on research issues uniquely suited to its position within a large integrated health care system serving an ethnically diverse population of more than 244,000 members.



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.