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Events

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


May 28, 2019

Antidepressant medication continuation during pregnancy and perinatal outcomes, including gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes, and birthweight.

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

Speaker: Paige Wartko, PhD, MPH, Research Associate, KPWHRI

Summary

In the US, 7–8% of pregnant women use antidepressants. The risks of using these medications in pregnancy are not fully understood. Most prior studies of potential risks compared women using antidepressants in pregnancy with the general population of pregnant women, likely leading to confounding by indication. This presentation will describe findings from a study within a KPWA cohort of women who used antidepressants before pregnancy, comparing those who continued use in pregnancy with those who did not, regarding their amount of gestational weight gain, gestational diabetes risk, and infants’ birthweight.

Coffee and tea will be provided.


June 11, 2019

Designing & testing the future of home-based cervical cancer screening: results from a collaborative academic-embedded delivery system pragmatic randomized trial

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

Speaker: Diana S.M. Buist, PhD
Senior Investigator, Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Affiliate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Services, University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health
Affiliate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Summary

One in four U.S. women are not up-to-date with cervical cancer screening; 50% of cervical cancers diagnosed annually in the U.S. occur in underscreened women. We evaluated whether a programmatic strategy of mailed HPV kits increased detection and treatment of cervical pre-cancers (CIN2+) and screening uptake. This seminar will provide results from the HOME randomized trial. From 2014-2016, we randomized 19,851 women aged 30-64 years and overdue for Pap screening into a pragmatic trial within Kaiser Permanente Washington. Follow-up intervals were 6, 12, and 18 months for screening uptake, CIN2+, and treatment, respectively. The control arm (n=9,891) included usual care (annual patient reminders, ad hoc clinic outreach); the intervention arm (n=9,960) included usual care plus a mailed HPV kit, allowing women to select home-based or in-clinic testing. Kaiser Permanente’s lab communicated kit results to primary care providers who were responsible for follow-up. Primary outcomes were CIN2+ detection and treatment. A secondary outcome was screening uptake (kit with reflex in-clinic screen if indicated, or no kit but in-clinic screen).

Coffee and tea will be provided.


Past Events

May 14, 2019

Integrating Cross-Sector Administrative Data to Drive Community Health

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

Speaker: Hannah Cohen-Cline, PhD, MPH, Research Scientist at the Center for Outcomes Research & Education, Providence Health & Services.

Summary

Providence’s Center for Outcomes Research & Education is part of a multi-sector effort that seeks to create data-driven strategies to foster learning and collaboration to improve community health in Southwest Washington. Our aim is to develop a collaborative regional approach to addressing underlying social and economic issues that lead to poor health outcomes. Our work so far has been to bring together housing, health care, and education administrative data at the individual-level; define specific populations of interest; and begin constructing descriptive and inferential statistics on these populations.

Coffee and tea will be provided.


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

Summary

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.


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

Summary

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

Summary

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.