Senior Investigator Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician and medical director for research and translation at the Washington Permanente Medical Group. She also co-directs the Center for Accelerating Care Transformation (ACT Center) at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI). Dr. Lozano’s work focuses on helping Kaiser Permanente Washington succeed as a learning health system, where research informs practice and practice informs research.
“The challenges facing health care are so complex,” she says. “The learning health system seems like the best way to deliver on our promise to provide the highest quality, patient-centered, effective, and affordable care to Kaiser Permanente Washington members.”
Dr. Lozano founded Kaiser Permanente Washington’s Learning Health System (LHS) Program in 2017 and continues to lead the organization’s learning health system work through the ACT Center. Established in 2021, the ACT Center brought the LHS Program together with the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation to help health systems nationwide accelerate care transformation and achieve lasting, equitable improvements in care delivery.
The ACT Center’s learning health system work represents Kaiser Permanente Washington’s investment in the use of rigorous evidence and research methods ─ in partnership with frontline clinicians, leaders and patients ─ to promote a culture of continuous learning. Deploying the advanced scientific methods available at KPWHRI, the ACT Center helps Kaiser Permanente Washington improve health, make care more affordable, and provide a good patient experience. Dr. Lozano leads two projects in this portfolio — Integrated Pain Management and Care Management for Chronic Pain — both aimed at promoting opioid safety and whole-person pain care.
As co-director of the CATALyST Learning Health Systems Scholars K12 Training Program, funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Dr. Lozano trains and mentors multidisciplinary junior faculty at KPWHRI, the University of Washington (UW), and Veterans Affairs (VA).
Dr. Lozano's other research interests have included health behavior-change, obesity, self-management of chronic conditions, and health disparities. She is collaborating with KPWHRI Senior Investigator David Arterburn, MD, MPH, on Moving to Health, a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded project that is examining the relationships between neighborhood food and physical activity characteristics and development obesity. Dr. Lozano’s 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.
Dr. Lozano practiced general pediatrics at Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children's Hospital while on the faculty at the UW Department of Pediatrics, where she taught residents and medical students. She 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. She is an adjunct professor of health systems and population health at the UW School of Public Health.
Brief behavioral interventions; co-morbid conditions; motivational interviewing; problems-solving therapy; self-management support
Asthma; anxiety and depression; Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); chronic illness management; disadvantaged children's health care services; Medicaid managed care
Child and adolescent health; collaborative approaches to transforming health care systems; patient/family self-management of chronic conditions; self-care
Childhood obesity prevention and control
Riggs K, Lozano P, Mohelnitzky A, Richards J, Lorenzo J, Rudnick S. Ps2-25: An adaptation of behavioral pediatric obesity treatment for the real world: results from the Group Health Family Wellness Program pilot trial. Clin Med Res. 2012;10(3):185. PubMed
Christakis DA, Garrison MM, Lozano P, Meischke H, Zhou C, Zimmerman FJ. Improving parental adherence with asthma treatment guidelines: a randomized controlled trial of an interactive website. Acad Pediatr. 2012 Jul-Aug;12(4):302-11. Epub 2012 Jun 11. PubMed
Cobb NK, Graham AL, Byron MJ, Niaura RS, Abrams DB; Workshop Participants. Online social networks and smoking cessation: a scientific research agenda. J Med Internet Res. 2011 Dec 19;13(4):e119. PubMed
Tandon PS, Zhou C, Chan NL, Lozano P, Couch SC, Glanz K, Krieger J, Saelens BE. The impact of menu labeling on fast-food purchases for children and parents. Am J Prev Med. 2011;41(4):434-8. PubMed
Meischke H, Lozano P, Zhou C, Garrison MM, Christakis D. Engagement in "My Child's Asthma", an interactive web-based pediatric asthma management intervention. Int J Med Inform. 2011 Nov;80(11):765-74. Epub 2011 Sep 29. PubMed
Garrison MM, Lozano P, Christakis DA. Controller medication use and sleep problems in pediatric asthma: a longitudinal case-crossover analysis. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(9):826-30. PubMed
Van Cleve WC, Hagan P, Lozano P, Mangione-Smith R. Investigating a pediatric hospital’s response to an inpatient census surge during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2011 Aug;37(8):376-82. PubMed
Wilkins V, Elliott MN, Richardson A, Lozano P, Mangione-Smith R. The association between care experiences and parent ratings of care for different racial, ethnic, and language groups in a Medicaid population. Health Serv Res. 2011 Jun;46(3):821-39. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2010.01234.x. Epub 2011 Jan 28. PubMed
Ahrens KR, Garrison M, DuBois DL, Richardson LP, Spencer R, Lozano P. Qualitative exporation of relationships with important non-parental adults in the lives of youth in foster care. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2011 Jun 1;33(6):1012-23. PubMed
Ahrens KR, DuBois DL, Lozano P, Richardson LP. Naturally-acquired mentoring relationships and young adult outcomes among adolescents with learning disabilities. Learn Disabil Res Pract. 2010 Nov; 25(4):207-16.
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