Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI), formerly Group Health Research Institute, does practical research to improve the health and health care of Kaiser Permanente members and the public. Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans.
Since 1983, the institute has conducted nonproprietary public-interest research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating major health problems.
KPWHRI employs about 65 health scientists — including physicians, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, psychologists, economists, and health services researchers. Most faculty members have a joint appointment at the University of Washington. KPWHRI also employs about 249 research support staff.
In 2021, KPWHRI’s external revenue exceeded $64.1 million.
Federal agencies (NIH, CDC, AHRQ, etc.) = 80% of KPWHRI's annual budget.
Kaiser Permanente Washington = 11%.
Grants and contracts from foundations and other sources = 9%.
KPWHRI belongs to several national consortia, including the Health Care Systems Research Network, which has data from 19 health systems nationwide. Others include the Cancer Research Network, the Mental Health Research Network, and the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. KPWHRI also hosts 1 of 10 federally funded Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units.
In 2021, KPWHRI managed a total of 338 active grants and contracts.
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