About the Institute for Health Research

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. 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. Currently, the IHR's staff of over 120 is working on more than 160 epidemiological, clinical, behavioral, community, and health services research projects. Now in its 21st year of operation, the IHR is responsible for many landmark findings. Among the most notable are recent studies about vaccine safety and vaccine refusal, home blood pressure monitoring and research that identified life-saving practices for heart attack patients in the Emergency Room. Teams of investigators collaborate on major research projects with national partners including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), the HMO Research Network, the National Institutes of Health Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN) and the National Cancer Institute Cancer Research Network (CRN).

Our Vision is to improve the health of our members, community, and nation through health care and policy research.

Our Mission is to conduct research that can be translated into clinical practice, health promotion, and policies to influence the health of individuals and populations.

  • We partner with members, clinicians, fellow researchers, and local and national organizations.
  • Our work aims to improve quality of life and reduce health disparities through patient, community, and policy-centered research.
  • We study innovative technologies to enhance the impact and sustainability of evidence-based health care.
  • We provide value to our members by participating in nationally-funded clinical, behavioral change, and community trials, thus providing members access to new and innovative therapies.
  • We conduct research to address the Institute of Medicine's goals for a reformed health care system that is safe, effective, timely, efficient, equitable, affordable, and patient-centered.