Paula Blasi, MPH


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

Paula Blasi, MPH

Collaborative Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute


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

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

Wernli KJ, Henrikson NB, Morrison CC, Nguyen M, Pocobelli G, Blasi PR. Screening for skin cancer in adults: updated evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA.2016;316(4):436-447. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.5415. PubMed

Blasi PR. High court ruling not expected to impair health IT. iHealthBeat. 2012.

Blasi PR, King D, Henrikson NB. HPV vaccine public awareness campaigns: an environmental scan. Health Promot Pract. 2015 Nov;16(6):897-905. doi: 10.1177/1524839915596133. Epub 2015 Jul 28. PubMed

Blasi PR. California may learn from other states in move toward streamlined enrollment. California Healthline. 2013.

Blasi PR. California one of two states cashing in on new ACA long-term care funding. California Healthline. 2013.

Blasi PR. Shutdown hasn't slowed state leaders. California Healthline. 2013.

Blasi PR. Health IT: the common ground in health care reform? California Healthline. 2012.

Blasi PR. Extreme site makeover: HHS offers better view of grant data. iHealthBeat. 2011.

Blasi PR. Nurses claim their seat at the health ITdecision-making table. iHealthBeat. 2009.


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