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

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

Mangione-Smith R, Zhou C, Corwin MJ, Taylor JA, Rice F, Stout JW. Effectiveness of the Spirometry 360 Quality Improvement Program for improving asthma care: a cluster randomized trial. Acad Pediatr. 2017; 17(8):855-862. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2017.06.015. Epub 2017 Jul 8. PubMed

Mangione-Smith R. The challenges of addressing pediatric quality measurement gaps. Pediatrics. 2017 Apr;139(4). pii: e20170174. doi: 10.1542/peds.2017-0174. Epub 2017 Mar 15. PubMed

Mangione-Smith R, Roth CP, Britto MT, Chen AY, McGalliard J, Boat TF, Adams JL, McGlynn EA. Development and testing of the Pediatric Respiratory Illness Measurement System (PRIMES) quality indicators. Hosp Pediatr. 2017 Mar;7(3):125-133. doi: 10.1542/hpeds.2016-0182. Epub 2017 Feb 21. 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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