Paula Lozano, MD, MPH

"Having a child with a chronic condition takes parenting to new level. We're learning to help children manage their condition, and help families support them to become adults ready to care for their own health and wellness."

Paula Lozano, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Associate Medical Director for Research and Translation, Washington Permanente Medical Group
Physician, Washington Permanente Medical Group, Pediatrics

Biography

Senior Investigator Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, is a practicing pediatrician and associate medical director for research and translation in the Washington Permanente Medical Group. Her work focuses on developing innovations and strategies for performance improvement and helping Kaiser Permanente Washington succeed as a learning health system, where research influences practice and practice influences research.

Dr. Lozano is co-leading the organization’s new Learning Health System Program, which launched in June 2017. The program will help Kaiser Permanente Washington clinical teams continually learn and improve care by tapping into the expertise of frontline clinicians and the advanced scientific methods available at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI).

Dr. Lozano's other research interests include health behavior-change (motivational interviewing), obesity treatment, self-management of chronic conditions, and asthma care disparities. She is collaborating with KPWHRI Senior Investigator Kathy Bradley on a project to integrate behavioral health into primary care. She is also a co-investigator on “Moving to Health,” a newly funded project led by KPWHRI Senior Investigator David Arterburn that will examine the relationships between neighborhood food and physical activity characteristics and development of overweight and obesity.

Dr. Lozano has conducted research on the care of children with asthma, ADHD, and other chronic conditions, and the delivery of health care services to disadvantaged children. Her work has focused on improving health care quality through changing the delivery system, supporting clinical decision-making by providers, and supporting patients and parents in health behavior change. She has also served as an investigator for several U.S. Preventive Services Task Force evidence reviews conducted by the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center.

While on the faculty at the University of Washington (UW) Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Lozano practiced general pediatrics at Harborview Children and Teens Clinic, the Harborview Medical Center pediatric burn/trauma service, and the inpatient service at Seattle Children's Hospital. She taught residents and medical students, designing and leading a communication-skills training program for residents. Dr. Lozano also served as director of the UW Primary Care Research Fellowship, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to provide research training in the primary care disciplines of internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics.

Dr. Lozano is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency in pediatrics at UW. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UW, where she also earned her master's in Public Health.

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Behavior Change

    Brief behavioral interventions;  co-morbid conditions; motivational interviewing; problems-solving therapy;  self-management support

  • Child & Adolescent Health

    Asthma; anxiety and depression; Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); chronic illness management; disadvantaged children's health care services; Medicaid managed care

  • Chronic Illness Management

    Child and adolescent health;  collaborative approaches to transforming health care systems; patient/family  self-management of chronic conditions; self-care

  • Obesity

    Childhood obesity prevention and control

 

Recent publications

Drewnowski A, Arterburn D, Zane J, Aggarwal A, Gupta S, Hurvitz PM, Moudon AV, Bobb J, Cook A, Lozano P, Rosenberg D. The Moving to Health (M2H) approach to natural experiment research:a paradigm shift for studies on built environment and health. SSM Popul Health. 2018 Dec 28;7:100345. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2018.100345. eCollection 2019. PubMed

Hsu C, Hertel E, Johnson E, Cahill C, Lozano P, Ross TR, Ehrlich K, Coleman K, BlueSpruce J, Cheadle A, Matthys J, Chapdelaine M, Gray M, Tufte J, Robbins M. Evaluation of the Learning to Integrate Neighborhoods and Clinical Care project: findings from implementing a new lay role into primary care teams to address social determinants of health. Perm J. 2018; 22:18-101.Published online 2018 Oct 22.doi: 10.7812/TPP/18-101.

Glass JE, Bobb JF, Lee AK, Richards JE, Lapham GT, Ludman E, Achtmeyer C, Caldeiro RM, Parrish R, Williams EC, Lozano P, Bradley KA. Study protocol: a cluster-randomized trial implementing Sustained Patient-centered Alcohol-related Care (SPARC trial). Implement Sci. 2018;13(1):108. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0795-9. PubMed

Wright DR, Christakis DA, Lozano P, Saelens BE. Healthy, wealthy, and wise? exploring parent comparative optimism about future child outcomes.  MDM Policy Pract. 2018 May 23;3(1):2381468318774776. doi: 10.1177/2381468318774776. eCollection 2018 Jan-Jun. PubMed

 

research into action

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Dr. Paula Lozano explains how a Learning Health System project finds Kaiser Permanente Washington members who could benefit most from preventive services.

Learning Health System

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One year in, leaders of Kaiser Permanente Washington’s Learning Health System Program describe how research-care delivery partnerships drive continuous learning.

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