Nora Henrikson, PhD, MPH

"I believe that our members are the key to helping us know how to deliver the best care possible."

Nora Henrikson, PhD, MPH

Research Associate, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

 

 

 

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Biography

Nora Henrikson, PhD, MPH, is passionate about understanding the influences of policy and culture on patient choices and experiences of clinical care. She asks critical questions about people's experiences with the health policies that directly affect them—and that are changing rapidly—from evidence-based clinical guidelines to insurance coverage rules to patient-provider communication.

Dr. Henrikson's projects include studying ways to improve price transparency for Kaiser Permanente Washington members and researching the impact of price data on behavior. She also explores interventions to improve child and adolescent vaccine use in Washington state. In addition, she is an investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates' Evidence-Based Practice Center.

Public health originally captured Dr. Henrikson's interest during her undergraduate internship at a women's correctional facility, where she completed qualitative research on women's experiences with prison health care. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in public health with a health behavior and education concentration. She then completed a doctoral program in public health genetics, focusing on the multidisciplinary assessment of the impact of genetic technology on public health.

Dr. Henrikson's career includes having directed a cancer patient education and resource center for the University of North Carolina. She also worked as a medical editor for the American Society of Clinical Oncology and as a health education specialist at the National Cancer Institute.

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Behavior Change

    Social/behavioral theory; mixed methods behavioral research; social epidemiology; patient-provider communication

  • Cancer

    Systematic evidence review; improving patient access to price information

  • Child & Adolescent Health

    Vaccine hesitancy 

  • Public Health Genetics

    Social, ethical, and policy implications of genetic and other emerging technology

 

Recent publications

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

Opel DJ, Zhou C, Robinson JD, Henrikson N, Lepere K, Mangione-Smith R, Taylor JA. Impact of the childhood vaccine discussion format over time on immunization status. Acad Pediatr. 2018 Jan 8. pii: S1876-2859(18)30001-9. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2017.12.009. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Henninger ML, Mcmullen CK, Firemark AJ, Naleway AL, Henrikson NB, Turcotte JA. User-centered design for developing interventions to improve clinician recommendation of human papillomavirus vaccination. Perm J. 2017;21. doi: 10.7812/TPP/16-191. PubMed

 

Recent News

Start making sense: Taking Action on Overuse

MacColl and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation help providers and patients hold hard conversations to curb habits of too much testing and treatment. 

Read about it in News and Events.

Health Services & Economics

Cost-of-care conversations: How can health care be more transparent?

In this interview, Nora B. Henrikson, PhD, describes her new study to identify better ways for patients and providers to talk about how much the patient pays.

Read it in Healthy Findings and Healthcare in America

vaccines & Infectious Diseases

Human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV): A shot we can all sing about

With help from the Group Health Foundation, GHRI’s Nora Henrikson and team are finding fun and effective ways to spread the word about HPV vaccine.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

Latest news

New way to tackle vaccine hesitancy tested, found wanting

Group Health, WithinReach, Seattle Children’s, BestStart, Washington Department of Health partnered.

Read about it in News and Events.

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