Child & Adolescent Health

“We’re working with families, helping them make healthy eating, exercise, and preventive care part of their busy daily lives.”

Paula Lozano, MD, MPH
Assistant Medical Director, Kaiser Permanente Washington Department of Preventive Care
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute Senior Investigator
Washington Permanente Medical Group, Pediatrics

Research overview

Babies, children, and teens have specific health needs. Research at Kaiser Permanente Washington covers family health from pregnancy through childhood and early adulthood.

“Healthy childhood habits can lead to a healthier adulthood,” says Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, a senior investigator at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) and assistant medical director for preventive care at Kaiser Permanente Washington. “So we’re working with families, helping them make healthy eating, exercise, and preventive care part of their busy daily lives.” Dr. Lozano also focuses on meeting the health needs of disadvantaged youth and communicating health information effectively to all families, regardless of their primary language and cultural background.

KPWHRI research topics in child and adolescent health include:

  • Systems of care for children with chronic conditions.
  • Weight management approaches for children with obesity.
  • Drug safety during pregnancy.
  • Addressing disparities in asthma care.
  • Disease prevention through vaccines.
  • Adolescent depression.
  • Preventing family and teen smoking.

"Children are not just miniature adults,” says David C. Grossman, MD, MPH, KPWHRI senior investigator and Kaiser Permanente Washington medical director for population & purchaser strategy. “We’re studying how best to meet to their unique health needs, especially how to encourage healthy behavior during childhood and adolescence."

Recent publications on Child & Adolescent Health

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

US Preventive Services Task Force, Bibbins-Domingo K, Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Davidson KW, Epling JW Jr, García FA, Gillman MW, Kemper AR, Krist AH, Kurth AE, Landefeld CS, LeFevre M, Mangione CM, Owens DK, Phillips WR, Phipps MG, Pignone MP, Siu AL. Screening for lipid disorders in children and adolescents: US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation statement. JAMA. 2016 Aug 9;316(6):625-33. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.9852. PubMed

Kemper AR, Mabry-Hernandez IR, Grossman DC. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force approach to child cognitive and behavioral health. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jul 8. pii: S0749-3797(16)30186-6. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.05.016. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Cwiak C, Howard B, Hsieh J, Ricciotti N, Sucato GS. Sexual and contraceptive behaviors among adolescents requesting emergency contraception. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2016 Jun 16. pii: S1083-3188(16)30080-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2016.06.003. [Epub ahead of print].

Researchers in Child & Adolescent Health

David C. Grossman, MD, MPH

Sr Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute; Sr Associate Medical Director, Market Strategy & Public Policy and Physician, Pediatrics, Washington Permanente Medical Group
206-287-2948
grossman.d@ghc.org

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Paula Lozano, MD, MPH

Sr Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute; Associate Medical Director for Research and Translation & Physician, Pediatrics, Washington Permanente Medical Group
206-884-8241
lozano.p@ghc.org

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Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator
206-442-5216
jackson.l@ghc.org

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Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH

Associate Investigator
206-287-2220
jackson.ml@ghc.org

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Delia Scholes, PhD

Senior Investigator
206-287-2888
scholes.d@ghc.org

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Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD

Associate Investigator
206-287-2870
dublin.s@ghc.org

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Cara C. Lewis, PhD, HSPP

Associate Investigator
206-442-4076
lewis.cc@ghc.org

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