Three speakers represented KPWHRI at the June 3-5 International Cancer Screening Network (ICSN) conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. ICSN is a global organization that promotes evidence-based cancer screening implementation and research. The conference, held every two years, brings scientists who study cancer screening together to exchange research methods, knowledge, and results.
Kaiser Permanente held its 2019 National Quality Conference (NQC) in Seattle on June 25-27. The NQC brings participants including Kaiser Permanente senior executives, clinic staff, and members together to advance the health care Quadruple Aim of enhancing patient experiences, improving population health, reducing costs, and improving the work life of care providers.
This year, two groups from KPWHRI presented in working sessions:
Michael Parchman, MD, MPH, senior investigator, MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at KPWHRI, was invited to present at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, on June 19.
Dr. Parchman spoke on "Creating solutions for health equity in preventive services in rural areas: Primary care and cardiovascular risk" for a Pathways to Prevention Workshop at the NIH Office of Disease Prevention. The theme of the workshop was "Achieving Health Equity in Preventive Services."
Greg Simon, MD, MPH, KPWHRI senior investigator and Washington Permanente Medical Group psychiatrist, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA). DBSA is a national organization focused on improving the lives of people with mood disorders.
The annual 2018 Gerald L. Klerman Awards from the DBSA—named for an educator, researcher, and clinician who was an early DBSA supporter—were given out in May in San Francisco. Dr. Simon, who previously chaired the DBSA Scientific Advisory Board, was honored for his "ongoing commitment to serving as a champion and advocate in supporting DBSA’s mission."
KPWHRI Research Associate Lorella Palazzo, PhD, and Assistant Investigator Marlaine Figueroa Gray, PhD, presented at the 79th annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Portland, OR, on March 19-23. In a session about perspectives on aging in North America, Drs. Palazzo and Gray spoke about “Recognizing Risk: New Ways to Use Health Data for Patient-Centered Dementia Care.”
Their collaborators on this work were Assistant Investigator Clarissa Hsu, PhD, Project Manager Mikael Anne Greenwood-Hickman, MPH, and Senior Investigator Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD, from KPWHRI, and Professor Deborah Barnes, PhD, from the University of California, San Francisco.