Paula Blasi, MPH

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“I want my research to be actionable, relevant, and accessible to people in my community.”

Paula Blasi, MPH

Research Associate, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Paula.R.Blasi@kp.org
206-287-2094

Biography

Paula Blasi, MPH, is enthusiastic about conducting research that can make a difference in the health of her community. Her research interests include preventive medicine, health promotion, health communication, and the social determinants of health. Paula works with the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) on systematic evidence reviews of clinical preventive services for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and completes rapid literature reviews for Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI)’s Learning Health System Program. Paula also conducts qualitative research with patient and provider populations.

Paula earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Washington, in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program. She completed her master’s capstone project with the YWCA, where she conducted a community health needs assessment focused on birth outcomes in King County. Paula also evaluated access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries during a practicum at Public Health—Seattle & King County. Before joining KPWHRI, Paula was a writer and editor at the Advisory Board Company, a health care research and consulting firm in Washington, DC.

Research interests and experience

Recent publications

Blasi PR, Krakauer C, Anderson ML, Nelson J, Bush T, Catz SL, McClure JB. Factors associated with future dental care utilization among low-income smokers overdue for dental visits. BMC Oral Health. 2018 Nov 1;18(1):183. doi: 10.1186/s12903-018-0646-8. PubMed

Tiffany B, Blasi P, Catz SL, McClure JB. Mobile apps for oral health promotion: content review and heuristic usability analysis. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2018 Sep 4;6(9):e11432. doi: 10.2196/11432. PubMed

Blasi PR, Cromp D, McDonald S, Hsu C, Coleman K, Flinter M, Wagner EH. Approaches to behavioral health integration at high performing primary care practices. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018;31(5):691-701. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2018.05.170468. PubMed

McClure JB, Bush T, Anderson ML, Blasi P, Thompson E, Nelson J, Catz SL. Oral Health Promotion and Smoking Cessation Program Delivered via Tobacco Quitlines: The Oral Health 4 Life Trial. Am J Public Health. 2018;108(5):689-695. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304279. Epub 2018 Mar 22. PubMed

Henrikson NB, Morrison CC, Blasi PR, Nguyen M, Shibuya KC, Patnode CD. Behavioral counseling for skin cancer prevention: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2018 Mar 20;319(11):1143-1157. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.21630. PubMed

Dunn J, Henrikson NB, Morrison CC, Blasi PR, Nguyen M, Lin JS. Screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2018 Jan 9;319(2):173-187. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.11669. PubMed

McClure JB, Blasi PR, Cook A, Bush T, Fishman P, Nelson J, Anderson ML, Catz SL. Corrigendum to "oral health 4 life: design and methods of a semi-pragmatic randomized trial to promote oral health care and smoking abstinence among tobacco quitline callers". Contemp Clin Trials. 57 (2017) 90-97. 2017 Jul 24. pii: S1551-7144(17)30469-X. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2017.07.011. [Epub ahead of print]. No abstract available. PubMed

Parchman ML, Henrikson NB, Blasi PR, Buist DS, Penfold R, Austin B, Ganos EH. Taking action on overuse: creating the culture for change. Healthc (Amst). 2016 Nov 10. pii: S2213-0764(16)30167-1. doi: 10.1016/j.hjdsi.2016.10.005. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Lozano P, Henrikson NB, Dunn J, Morrison CC, Nguyen M, Blasi PR, Anderson ML, Whitlock EP. Lipid screening in childhood and adolescence for detection of familial hypercholesterolemia: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2016 Aug 9;316(6):645-55. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.6176. PubMed

Lozano P, Henrikson NB, Morrison CC, Dunn J, Nguyen M, Blasi PR, Whitlock EP. Lipid screening in childhood and adolescence for detection of multifactorial dyslipidemia: evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2016 Aug 9;316(6):634-44. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.6423. PubMed

 

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