Senior Investigator Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician and medical director for research and translation at the Washington Permanente Medical Group. Her work focuses on helping Kaiser Permanente Washington succeed as a learning health system, where research informs practice and practice informs research.
“The challenges that health care is facing 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 and co-leads the organization’s Learning Health System (LHS) Program, which launched in June 2017. The program represents Kaiser Permanente Washington’s investment in the use of rigorous evidence and research methods, in partnership with frontline clinicians and leaders to promote a culture of continuous learning. Deploying the advanced scientific methods available at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI), the LHS Program helps to improve health, make care more affordable—and delight patients.
The LHS Program’s portfolio includes developing and piloting an integrated pain management program based in primary care, developing predictive models to target effective interventions to the patients who would most benefit from them, supporting implementation of community resource specialists across Kaiser Permanente Washington, and evaluating our newest primary care clinics at Ballard and South Lake Union.
As co-Program 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 include health behavior-change, obesity, self-management of chronic conditions, and health disparities. She is collaborating with KPWHRI Senior Investigator David Arterburn 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 of overweight and obesity.
Dr. Lozano has conducted research on the care of children with asthma, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (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.
Previously, while on the faculty at the 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. 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 services 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
Grow HM, Cook AJ, Arterburn DE, Saelens BE, Drewnowski A, Lozano P. Child obesity associated with social disadvantage of children's neighborhoods. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Aug;71(3):584-91. Epub 2010 May 12. PubMed
Sathyanarayana S, Basso O, Karr CJ, Lozano P, Alavanja M, Sandler DP, Hoppin JA. Maternal pesticide use and birth weight in the Agricultural Health Study. J Agromedicine. 2010 Apr;15(2):127-36. PubMed
Richardson LP, Russo JE, Lozano P, McCauley E, Katon W. Factors associated with detection and receipt of treatment for youth with depression and anxiety disorders. Acad Pediatr. 2010;10(1):36-40. PubMed
Tarini BA, Lozano P, Christakis DA. Afraid in the hospital: parental concern for errors during a child's hospitalization. J Hosp Med. 2009;4(9):521-7. Epub 2009 Aug 3. PubMed
Moreno M, Breuner CC, Lozano P. Provocative questions in parochial sex education classes: higher incidence in younger students. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2008;21(5):259-64. PubMed
Richardson LP, Russo JE, Lozano P, McCauley E, Katon W. The effect of comorbid anxiety and depressive disorders on health care utilization and costs among adolescents with asthma. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2008;30(5):398-406. Epub 2008 Aug 3. PubMed
Bennett AV, Lozano P, Richardson LP, McCauley E, Katon WJ. Identifying high-risk asthma with utilization data: a revised HEDIS definition. Am J Manag Care. 2008;14(7):450-6. PubMed
Fuhlbrigge A, Carey VJ, Finkelstein JA, Lozano P, Inui TS, Weiss KB. Are performance measures based on automated medical records valid for physician/practice profiling of asthma care? Med Care. 2008;46(6):620-6. PubMed
Katon W, Russo J, Richardson L, McCauley E, Lozano P. Anxiety and depression screening for youth in a primary care population. Ambul Pediatr. 2008;8(3):182-8. Epub 2008 Apr 11. PubMed
Sathyanarayana S, Karr CJ, Lozano P, Brown E, Calafat AM, Liu F, Swan SH. Baby care products: possible sources of infant phthalate exposure. Pediatrics. 2008;121(2):e260-8. PubMed
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Healthy Debate, June 10, 2021