Our researchers collaborate within and outside Kaiser
Permanente to find new ways to advance health.
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Research partnerships that make a difference in health
Kaiser Permanente Southern California involvement in research stems from its commitment to improve the health of its members and their communities. This
mission-driven approach shapes the way the research program engages with collaborators.
At the start of any collaboration, researchers here will evaluate whether the project offers potential benefits to Kaiser Permanente and its members.
Research collaborations should advance knowledge about health conditions that affect Kaiser Permanente members and, when possible, uncover new
evidence to guide clinical practice and health care operations.
Collaborators should begin by engaging an investigator from Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Researchers here understand Kaiser Permanente’s care
delivery and information technology systems. They can provide valuable insights throughout the research process, from study design to interpretation of
If a study will directly involve Kaiser Permanente Southern California members or their protected health information, an investigator from the region
must be involved.
The department’s faculty includes more than two dozen full-time research scientists as well as a small group of post-doctoral fellows and associate investigators.
Most faculty members have academic backgrounds in epidemiology, behavioral science, health services research, or biostatistics. Some also have clinical
To learn more about individual researchers, visit the Scientists
section. You can also download an
overview of faculty research interests
Faculty members conduct innovative research that informs care delivery and improves public health. Areas of research include cancer, vaccine safety and
effectiveness, obesity and diabetes, maternal-child health, health economics, and behavioral health. The department is building expertise in new areas,
including health services research, implementation science, and pragmatic clinical trials.
For more detail on areas of research expertise, visit the Research
section of the site. You can also download
an overview of faculty research interests
Southern California is Kaiser Permanente’s largest region, serving more than 3.8 million members. The member population reflects the racial and ethnic
diversity of the region. For details on the demographics of our population, download the 2016 population overview
Clinicians at Kaiser Permanente Southern California provide care to people at all stages of life, from well-baby check-ups to end-of-life home health
care. A robust electronic health record, Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, links health information from different points of care. As a result, researchers
here have access to detailed health information across care settings.
Kaiser Permanente is an innovator in leveraging its integrated care model and information technology to improve care delivery, from proactive care models
to electronic practice alerts. This environment provides a unique opportunity for scientists and clinicians interested in translational research.
Additionally, the Department of Research & Evaluation supports a number of databases, research applications, and registries that support research and,
in some cases, care delivery.