Senior Investigator Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, is a practicing pediatrician and associate medical director for research and translation in the Washington Permanente Medical Group. Her work focuses on developing innovations and strategies for performance improvement and helping Kaiser Permanente Washington succeed as a learning health system, where research influences practice and practice influences research.
Dr. Lozano is co-leading the organization’s new Learning Health System Program, which launched in June 2017. The program will help Kaiser Permanente Washington clinical teams continually learn and improve care by tapping into the expertise of frontline clinicians and the advanced scientific methods available at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI).
Dr. Lozano's other research interests include health behavior-change (motivational interviewing), obesity treatment, self-management of chronic conditions, and asthma care disparities. She is collaborating with KPWHRI Senior Investigator Kathy Bradley on a project to integrate behavioral health into primary care. She is also a co-investigator on “Moving to Health,” a newly funded project led by KPWHRI Senior Investigator David Arterburn that will examine the relationships between neighborhood food and physical activity characteristics and development of overweight and obesity.
Dr. Lozano has conducted research on the care of children with asthma, ADHD, and other chronic conditions, and the delivery of health care services to disadvantaged children. Her work has focused on improving health care quality through changing the delivery system, supporting clinical decision-making by providers, and supporting patients and parents in health behavior change. She has also served as an investigator for several U.S. Preventive Services Task Force evidence reviews conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center.
While on the faculty at the University of Washington (UW) Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Lozano practiced general pediatrics at Harborview Children and Teens Clinic, the Harborview Medical Center pediatric burn/trauma service, and the inpatient service at Seattle Children's Hospital. She taught residents and medical students, designing and leading a communication-skills training program for residents. Dr. Lozano also served as director of the UW Primary Care Research Fellowship, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to provide research training in the primary care disciplines of internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics.
Dr. Lozano is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency in pediatrics at UW. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UW, where she also earned her master's in Public Health.
Brief behavioral interventions; co-morbid conditions; motivational interviewing; problems-solving therapy; self-management support
Asthma; anxiety and depression; Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); chronic illness management; disadvantaged children's health care services; Medicaid managed care
Child and adolescent health; collaborative approaches to transforming health care systems; patient/family self-management of chronic conditions; self-care
Childhood obesity prevention and control
Drewnowski A, Arterburn D, Zane J, Aggarwal A, Gupta S, Hurvitz PM, Moudon AV, Bobb J, Cook A, Lozano P, Rosenberg D. The Moving to Health (M2H) approach to natural experiment research:a paradigm shift for studies on built environment and health. SSM Popul Health. 2018 Dec 28;7:100345. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.100345. eCollection 2019. PubMed
Hsu C, Hertel E, Johnson E, Cahill C, Lozano P, Ross TR, Ehrlich K, Coleman K, BlueSpruce J, Cheadle A, Matthys J, Chapdelaine M, Gray M, Tufte J, Robbins M. Evaluation of the Learning to Integrate Neighborhoods and Clinical Care project: findings from implementing a new lay role into primary care teams to address social determinants of health. Perm J. 2018; 22:18-101.Published online 2018 Oct 22.doi: 10.7812/TPP/18-101.
Glass JE, Bobb JF, Lee AK, Richards JE, Lapham GT, Ludman E, Achtmeyer C, Caldeiro RM, Parrish R, Williams EC, Lozano P, Bradley KA. Study protocol: a cluster-randomized trial implementing Sustained Patient-centered Alcohol-related Care (SPARC trial). Implement Sci. 2018;13(1):108. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0795-9. PubMed
Wright DR, Christakis DA, Lozano P, Saelens BE. Healthy, wealthy, and wise? exploring parent comparative optimism about future child outcomes. MDM Policy Pract. 2018 May 23;3(1):2381468318774776. doi: 10.1177/2381468318774776. eCollection 2018 Jan-Jun. PubMed
Lozano P, Houtrow A. Supporting self-management in children and adolescents with complex chronic conditions. Pediatrics. 2018 Mar;141(Suppl 3):S233-S241. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-1284H. PubMed
Kemper AR, Krist AH, Tseng CW, Gillman MW, Mabry-Hernandez IR, Silverstein M, Chou R, Lozano P, Calonge BN, Wolff TA, Grossman DC. Challenges in developing U.S. Preventive Services Task Force child health recommendations. Am J Prev Med. 2018 Jan;54(1S1):S63-S69. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2017.08.023. PubMed
Bobb JF, Lee AK, Lapham GT, Oliver M, Ludman E, Achtmeyer C, Parrish R, Caldeiro RM, Lozano P, Richards JE, Bradley KA. Evaluation of a pilot implementation to integrate alcohol-related care within primary care. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Sep 8;14(9). pii: E1030. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14091030. PubMed
O'Connor EA, Evans CV, Burda BU, Walsh ES, Eder M, Lozano P. Screening for obesity and intervention for weight management in children and adolescents: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2017 Jun 20;317(23):2427-2444. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.0332. PubMed
Wright D, Lozano P, Dawson-Hahn E, Christakis D, Haaland W, Basu A. Parental optimism about childhood obesity-related disease risks. Int J Obes (Lond). 2017 May 3. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2017.103. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Lozano P, Henrikson NB, Dunn J, Morrison CC, Nguyen M, Blasi PR, Anderson ML, Whitlock EP. Lipid screening in childhood and adolescence for detection of familial hypercholesterolemia: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2016 Aug 9;316(6):645-55. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.6176. PubMed
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