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.


Business News

Kaiser Permanente receives Washington OIC's approval to acquire Group Health

The Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) has completed its review and has provided approval of the acquisition of Group Health by Kaiser Permanente.

For details about the decision, read Group Health’s press release.  

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.

Learn about our capabilities

Fast Facts About KPWHRI

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.



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.