August 2019


Three Pilot Studies Advance Community Health

Three CHR investigators received community benefit funding from Kaiser Permanente Northwest last year to conduct pilot research projects. Here’s a wrap-up of what these studies did and what they found.

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CHR receives $14.2 million grant for dental research

CHR will serve as the Data Coordinating Center for the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network.

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Chickenpox vaccination lowers risk of pediatric shingles

Kaiser Permanente-led study of more than 6 million children showed routine varicella vaccine considerably lessened likelihood of painful shingles disease.

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Measuring the Economic and Social Toll of Cancer on Younger and Middle-aged Survivors and their Families

Study shows how patients and their families often face unanticipated social and economic challenges associated with their cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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New Study Finds Preventing Youth Depression Is Cost-Effective

A new paper by Frances Lynch, PhD, Senior Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, found that a program to prevent depression among at-risk adolescents is cost-effective.

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CHR and Community Health Workers Building a “Bridge to Health” for Underserved Diabetes Patients

According to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention, approximately 40% of American adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes, and many with diabetes aren’t properly managing their chronic disease. Now, work at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research (CHR) aims to assess interventions that might help patients in need better manage their type 2 diabetes.

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Items of Note

CHR Director Lucy Savitz expands leadership presence across national research organizations

Harvard genetics expert Ting Wu to deliver 2019 Saward Lecture

Erin LeBlanc and Greg Nichols present studies at the American Diabetes Association's 79th Scientific Sessions

Rachel Gold shares her social determinants of health portfolio at an OCHINinc. grand round

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