Paula Blasi, MPH

“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



Biography

Paula Blasi, MPH's research touches on the Triple Aim of health care: improving patient experience, reducing health care costs, and improving the health of populations. She is currently working with the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation on projects related to team-based care and reducing the use of low-value services. In addition, Paula is working with the Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) on systematic evidence reviews of clinical preventive services. Paula's other projects focus on tobacco cessation, oral health, and health promotion.

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 YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish, where she conducted a community health needs assessment focused on birth outcomes in King County. Paula also completed a practicum at Public Health-Seattle & King County, where she surveyed primary care providers to evaluate access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute, Paula was a writer and editor at the Advisory Board Company, a health care research and consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Paula was the lead editor for iHealthBeat, a publication focused on health information technology, and she was a contributing editor for California Healthline, a publication focused on health policy in California. She has also contributed to publications focused on U.S. health policy, women's health, HIV, and global health.

Research interests and experience

Recent publications

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

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, 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.

 

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