About Us

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Practical research for better health

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) is the non-proprietary, public-interest research center within Kaiser Permanente Washington, a nonprofit health system based in Seattle. Kaiser Permanente Washington provides coverage and care for more than 710,170 people in Washington.

Our research produces timely, relevant findings that help people everywhere stay healthy and get the care they need. From testing new vaccines to helping people quit smoking to finding ways to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s disease, our discoveries have helped millions of people worldwide lead healthier, happier lives.

Learn about our impact and history, and see our annual reports.


Our Mission

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute improves health, well-being, and health equity for our members and all communities through collaborative research and evaluation.

Our Vision

We envision a future where we partner with researchers, health systems, and communities to improve health care, eliminate inequities, and help people thrive where they live, learn, work, and play.


Fast Facts About KPWHRI

2021 KPWHRI Fast Facts

ACT Center

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New center focuses on equitable, whole-person health care

Kaiser Permanente launches the Center for Accelerating Care Transformation.

Capabilities

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High value, high impact

Today’s health care challenges demand a kind of research that can happen quickly and efficiently — while making a measurable difference in health outcomes.

Our highly trained staff members support such science with a robust infrastructure of high-quality data, well-equipped facilities, and proficient administrative resources.

Year in review

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Top 10 research highlights in 2021

We look back at 2021 research findings, including on COVID-19 vaccines, health equity, dementia, and suicide risk factors.

Who we are

Team-based science

With a passion for health improvement, our scientific teams are led mostly by PhDs and MDs with backgrounds in health services, behavioral science, epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, health informatics, and other fields.

Learn about our scientists’ interests and experience.

What we do

Real-world population research

We study health and health care in everyday settings, generating results that work in the real world — not just in research environments. We collaborate with health care providers, administrators, patients, and other scientists nationwide, answering some of health care’s toughest questions.

Find out about our areas of research.


Our centers

Both of KPWHRI’s centers are integral parts of the Institute.

Center for Community Health
and Evaluation

Center for Accelerating Care Transformation


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Careers

Are you looking for a meaningful and challenging career that improves health and health care? At Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, our research is making a difference worldwide. Join us.