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Research Areas

For more than half a century, the Center has adapted to the shifting landscapes of medicine and policy, pursuing new lines of research as needed to answer the most pressing questions in health care.

  • Cancer

    We are driven by a singular goal—to mitigate the impact of cancer in people’s lives.

  • COVID-19

    The Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research (CHR) has been conducting COVID-19 research since April 2020. Since that time, new findings have emerged, and new studies are underway at CHR and at Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW).

  • Diabetes

    CHR has been a leader in diabetes research for more than 25 years.

  • Evidence-based Medicine & Policy

    The Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center is designated as an official EPC by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

  • Genetics & Genomics

    Answering key questions about the causes and underlying biology of disease.

  • Health Disparities

    We pursue disparities research both within the Kaiser Permanente health plan and in many community settings.

  • Health Information Technology

    We are tapping into the potential of health IT to provide needed services to larger numbers of people, at a time and place that is more convenient for them, and at lower cost.

  • Health Services & Economics

    Discovering the best ways to allocate resources to balance the needs of patients and health systems.

  • Mental Health

    We study mental illnesses with the knowledge that mental and physical health are inextricably linked.

  • Obesity

    The Center for Health Research has long been a powerful voice in the fields of obesity and weight control.

  • Substance Abuse

    We increase understanding about substance-related disorders and improve treatment options.

  • Vaccine Safety & Effectiveness

    Through clinical trials and studies of KPNW health record data, CHR researchers are at the forefront of ensuring the safety and efficacy of vaccines before and after FDA approval.

  • Wellness & Behavior Change

    We conduct novel research to develop and evaluate methods for changing unhealthy behavior.

  • Women's Health

    The field of women’s health cuts across our entire body of research.

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