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

Tessler RA, Lyons VH, Hagedorn JC, Vavilala MS, Goldin A, Arbabi S, Rivara FP. Transfer and non-transfer patients in isolated low-grade blunt pediatric solid organ injury: implications for regionalized trauma systems. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2017 Dec 28. doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001777. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Sanchez SE, Pineda O, Chaves DZ, Zhong QY, Gelaye B, Simon GE, Rondon MB, Williams MA. Childhood physical and sexual abuse experiences associated with post-traumatic stress disorder among pregnant women. Ann Epidemiol. 2017 Nov;27(11):716-723.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2017.09.012. Epub 2017 Oct 13. PubMed

Hoopes AJ, Simmons KB, Godfrey EM, Sucato GS.Hoopes AJ, Simmons KB, Godfrey EM, Sucato GS. 2016 updates to U.S. medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use and selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use: highlights for adolescent patients. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2017 Apr;30(2):149-155. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2017.01.013. Epub 2017 Feb 4. PubMed

Hacker K, Penfold R, Arsenault LN, Zhang F, Soumerai SB, Wissow LS. The impact of the Massachusetts behavioral health child screening policy on service utilization. Psychiatr Serv. 2017 Jan 1;68(1):25-32. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201500543. Epub 2016 Sep 1. PubMed

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

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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