About Us


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, Wash. Kaiser Permanente Washington provides coverage and care for about 600,000 people in Washington and Northern Idaho.

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.

Fast Facts About KPWHRI

2019 KPWHRI Fast Facts

Learning Health System


How the LHS Program helps us be best at getting better

One year in, leaders of Kaiser Permanente Washington’s Learning Health System Program describe how research-care delivery partnerships drive continuous learning.

Read it in Healthy Findings.



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


Top ten splashes from KPWHRI in 2019

Explore 10 ways that Kaiser Permanente Washington research has advanced health and health care this year

Read about it in News and Events.

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

MacColl Center for Health
Care Innovation



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.