From its founding in 1964, the Center for Health Research has been committed to improving health outcomes and the delivery of health care in our communities. Early community-based research at CHR included a seminal 1968 project funded by the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, in which Kaiser Permanente Northwest worked with nearly fifty neighborhood health centers in impoverished areas.
The Center for Health Research continues to receive key support from Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit. Community Benefit helps fund research that involves the community or directly benefits underserved populations in our service areas. With this support, the Center is able to conduct important pilot projects and research studies that would otherwise not be possible.
The relationship between CHR and Community Benefit helps fulfill Kaiser Permanente’s mission to serve the community. As a nonprofit health care system, Kaiser Permanente has an obligation to help meet the community’s needs in such areas as health care access, oral health, mental health, maternal and infant health, and chronic disease related to poor nutrition or lack of physical activity. In each of these areas, the Center for Health Research conducts innovative studies to improve outcomes and inform health care policy.