Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute welcomes a new communications director. Caroline Liou, MA, brings 20 years of experience in team leadership and developing and implementing research communication strategies to KPWHRI. She was previously Communications Manager at the University of Washington Department of Global Health and has a range of other professional experiences. She has worked at the United Nations Development Programme Asia-Pacific Regional Center in Bangkok, Thailand, at the World Wide Fund for Nature in Beijing, China, and as a travel writer for the Lonely Planet.
Julia Smith, MS, joins KPWHRI as a Biostatistician III. Ms. Smith brings experience in studies on health care services, mental health, survey development, prediction, and epidemiology. She is also an avid reader, kayaker, and triathlete. We're excited to have her at KPWHRI.
KPWHRI welcomes Leah Hamilton, PhD, MPH, as a new Research Associate II. Dr. Hamilton specializes in addiction health research and will be working on KPWHRI's pragmatic trials on opioid use disorder treatment and alcohol screening. She has a particular interest in improving substance use disorder services among people involved in the criminal justice system.
In March, KPWHRI Associate Investigator Dori Rosenberg, PhD, MPH, gave an online presentation to the Women’s Health Initiative Scientific Interest Group on Bone/Fracture and Body Composition. Dr. Rosenberg's talk was titled, “Accelerometer measured sedentary patterns are associated with incident falls in older women.”
In March, KPWHRI Senior Investigator Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH, spoke to the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES). His talk was titled “The Test-Negative Design for Estimating Vaccine Effectiveness.”