Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute hosts regular seminars where our scientists and collaborators present their research findings.

All are welcome.

Left: Senior Investigator David Arterburn, MD, MPH

Upcoming seminars and events

April 23, 2019

Honoring the contributions of Dr. Michael Von Korff: How to build on his legacy

Where: Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, 3–5 p.m., Room 1509A

Speakers: KPWHRI senior Investigators Dr. Greg Simon and Dr. Lynn DeBar


This special scientific seminar and reception will honor senior investigator Michael Von Korff, ScD, upon his retirement from Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. Greg Simon, MD, MPH, and Lynn DeBar, PhD, will present perspectives on the Institute’s future research opportunities in the mental health and chronic pain fields that build from Dr. Von Korff's foundational work in these areas over the last four decades.

After the one-hour seminar, there will be a reception and tribute to celebrate his 36 years of leadership and service at KPWHRI. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine, and cheese will be served.

Past Events

March 12, 2019

Linked housing and health data as a platform for improving outcomes

Where: Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, 4–5 p.m., Room 1509A

Speaker: Alastair Matheson Ph.D, M.P.H, an epidemiologist at Public Health—Seattle & King County


Housing is a fundamental driver of health and wellbeing. Public Health – Seattle & King County, Seattle Housing Authority, and King County Housing Authority have partnered to link public housing and Medicaid claims data with the goal of using the linked data to inform program planning and evaluate interventions. Come and learn about the process of linking the data, the data products produced so far, plans for the second phase of the project, and how this work fits in with other data linkage initiatives.

Coffee and tea will be provided.

February 26, 2019

Alcohol Use, Depression Severity and Access to Firearms: Improving Health System Suicide Prevention Initiatives Using Routine Patient-Reported Behavioral Health Monitoring Tools.

Where: Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, 4–5 p.m., Room 1509A

Speaker: Julie E. Richards, MPH, Research Associate, KPWHRI,PhD Candidate in Health Services, University of Washington School of Public Health


Suicide prevention opportunities are possible in health care systems, because patients often seek care prior to suicide attempt.  Standard questions about alcohol use, depression severity and firearm access may be useful for improving suicide prevention initiatives in the health care setting.  This presentation will describe a series of  quantitative and qualitative analyses designed to: 1. evaluate the short-term risk of suicide attempt associated with different patterns of alcohol use, and 2. identify barriers and facilitators to patient disclosures about suicidality and access to firearms.

Coffee and tea will be provided.