About the IHR

The Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research (IHR) publishes and disseminates epidemiologic, behavioral, and health services research to improve the health and medical care of Kaiser Permanente members and the communities it serves. As an embedded research department, the IHR conducts pragmatic research with KPCO clinicians and patients in care delivery settings. Our Evaluation work strengthens our ties with both members and the larger Colorado community.

The organization has a specific focus on conducting research that can be translated into clinical practice, health promotion, and policies to influence the health of individuals and populations.

Now in its 25th year of operation, the IHR is responsible for many landmark findings. Among the most notable are recent studies about overdose prevention, vaccine safety, food insecurity, genomics, and cancer screenings.

Our Vision

The IHR strives to be an essential asset to the KPCO region by improving the health of our members, community, and nation through research, evaluation, and innovation.


Our Mission

To lead research and evaluation that advances patient care, health promotion, and policies to improve the health of individuals and populations.
We lead cutting-edge research and evaluation to benefit our members and the communities we serve.
We provide our members access to new and innovative care by participating in nationally-funded clinical, behavioral, and community intervention trials.
We integrate research into care delivery to achieve safe, effective, equitable, affordable, and patient-centered healthcare.
We prioritize research and evaluation that promotes the wellness of our members and the communities we serve.
We conduct research to understand factors that affect the total health of individuals and populations, including the social, non-medical needs of our members and the broader community.
We partner with members, clinicians, communities, local associations, national organizations, and other research teams to conduct research aimed at improving health outcomes.