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

Bardach NS, Burkhart Q, Richardson LP, Roth CP, Murphy JM, Parast L, Gidengil CA, Marmet J, Britto MT, Mangione-Smith R. Hospital-based quality measures for pediatric mental health care. Pediatrics. 2018 Jun;141(6). pii: e20173554. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-3554. 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

Arthur KC, Mangione-Smith R, Burkhart Q, Parast L, Liu H, Elliott MN, McGlynn EA, Schneider EC. Quality of care for children with medical complexity: an analysis of continuity of care as a potential quality indicator. Acad Pediatr. 2018 Aug;18(6):669-676. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2018.04.009. Epub 2018 Apr 25. PubMed

Inge T, Coley RY, Bazzano LA, Xanthakos SA, McTigue K, Arterburn D, Williams N, Wellman R, Coleman KJ, Courcoulas A, Desai NK, Anau J, Pardee R, Toh S, Janning C, Cook A, Sturtevant J, Horgan C, Zebrick AJ, Michalsky M. Comparative effectiveness of bariatric procedures among adolescents: the PCORnet bariatric study. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2018 Apr 17. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2018.04.002.

Grossman DC, Curry SJ, Owens DK. Studies omitted from the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations for child vision screening. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2018 Apr 12. pii: 2677565. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.0624. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Researchers in Child & Adolescent Health

David C. Grossman, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, KPWHRI; Senior Associate Medical Director, Market Strategy & Public Policy and Physician, Pediatrics, Washington Permanente Medical Group
206-287-2948
David.C.Grossman@kp.org

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Paula Lozano, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, KPWHRI; Associate Medical Director for Research and Translation & Physician, Pediatrics, Washington Permanente Medical Group
206-287-2113
Paula.Lozano@kp.org

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Lisa A. Jackson, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator
206-442-5216
Lisa.A.Jackson@kp.org

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Michael L. Jackson, PhD, MPH

Associate Investigator
206-287-2220
Michael.L.Jackson@kp.org

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Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD

Senior Investigator
206-287-2870
Sascha.Dublin@kp.org

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Cara C. Lewis, PhD, HSPP

Associate Investigator
206-442-4076
Cara.C.Lewis@kp.org

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Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH

Vice President for Research and Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Permanente Washington; Executive Director and Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
206-287-2988
Rita.M.Mangione-Smith@kp.org

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