Child & Adolescent Health

“Kids have so much potential. How can we optimize their health?”

Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH
Vice President for Research and Health Care Innovation
Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute Senior Investigator

 

Research overview

Babies, children, and teens have specific health needs. Research and evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) covers family health from pregnancy through childhood and early adulthood.

KPWHRI research and evaluation topics in child and adolescent health include:

  • drug safety during pregnancy
  • pediatric care quality in health systems
  • quality of care for respiratory illnesses
  • care and transitions for hospitalized children
  • implementation of screening for adverse childhood experiences
  • quality of youth mental health care
  • programs to support trauma and resilience-informed care for youth
  • impact of social determinants of health
  • disease prevention through vaccines

“We’re working with families, helping them make healthy eating, exercise, and preventive care part of their busy daily lives,” says Paula Lozano, MD, MPH, Washington Permanente Medical Group associate medical director for research and translation, KPWHRI senior investigator, and Washington Permanente Medical Group pediatrician.​​​​​​

Recent publications on Child & Adolescent Health

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

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

Researchers in Child & Adolescent Health

David C. Grossman, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator, KPWHRI; National Senior Medical Director for Community Health at Kaiser Permanente; 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
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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Robert Penfold, PhD

Senior Investigator
206-287-2232
Robert.B.Penfold@kp.org

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adjunct and Affiliate researchers

John Dunn, MD, MPH
Pediatrician
Washington Permanente Medical Group
Medical Director of Preventive Care
Kaiser Permanente Washington

Gina Sucato, MD, MPH
Director of Adolescent Health Services
Washington Permanente Medical Group

Doug Opel, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics 
University of Washington

Laura P. Richardson, MD, MPH
Adolescent Medicine
Seattle Children's Hospital
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
University of Washington