Health is about more than health care. Where people live can have a profound influence on daily choices that can promote population health—or harm it. Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) scientists work to improve and sustain conditions that support healthy lifestyles and health care services.
At KPWHRI’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE), for instance, we are working with foundations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies to evaluate their community health improvement initiatives. A few examples:
Beyond CCHE, other Kaiser Permanente Washington researchers are exploring opportunities to improve population health by creating healthier communities. Among these efforts are:
Answering such questions gives policymakers, urban planners, and others the information they need to create healthier communities in the future.
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Senior Research Associate, Center for Community Health & Evaluation; Senior Investigator, KPWHRI
David Grembowski, PhD
Professor, Health Services and Oral Health Sciences
University of Washington