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.


Fast Facts About KPWHRI

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

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


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.

Collaborator News

Targeting risk factors could prevent 1 in 3 dementia cases

International experts on The Lancet Commission report, including Dr. Eric B. Larson, identify 9 risk factors from childhood onward.

Read about it in News and Events.

K12 Scholar Program

CATALyST K12 Washington Learning Health System Scholar Program

We’re looking for energized, early-career health services scientists who want training in learning health system (LHS) research.

Learn more.

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.

Top stories

Top 10 stories of our science from 2017

Efforts to improve flu prediction, vaccine awareness, cancer screening, and back pain treatment were among KPWHRI’s most compelling stories last year. 

Read it in News and Events.



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.