Recognition February 2019

Bianca DiJulio named survey research program manager

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) welcomed Bianca DiJulio, MHS, as its new survey research program manager in January.

Ms. DiJulio previously worked as the associate director for public opinion and survey research at the Kaiser Family Foundation in San Francisco. A Seattle native, she has a master’s degree in health policy from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Whittier College in California. Prior to graduate school, she worked as a mental health clinician/case manager at Seattle Mental Health (now Sound Mental Health).

At KPWHRI, Ms. DiJulio now leads the Institute’s Survey Research Program, providing custom survey design, study recruitment, and specialized data collection for its scientists, collaborators, and select clients who conduct research on health and health care.

Ms. DiJulio is an active member of the American Association of Public Opinion Research and has served on the Executive Council for the Pacific Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (PAPOR) since 2014.

3 from KPWHRI speak at NAM meeting on pain

Three investigators from KPWHRI recently spoke at a workshop of the National Academy of Medicine titled “The Role of Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain Management.”

KPWHRI Senior Investigator Emeritus Dan Cherkin, PhD, served as co-chair of the meeting, which was held to review current evidence on the effectiveness of nonpharmacological treatments and integrative health models for pain management, such as acupuncture, manual therapies, physical therapy and exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, tai chi, yoga, meditation, and neurostimulation. Attendees also discussed ways to expand training and education in these areas for health professionals and explored policies to enable broader dissemination and implementation of treatments as appropriate.

KPWHRI Senior Investigator Lynn DeBar, PhD, was a panelist presenting information on effectiveness of integrative medicine and Senior Investigator Karen Sherman, PhD, was part of panel on future research priorities.

The National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) was established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences to provide with independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions.