John F. Steiner, MD, MPH

Senior Investigator

John SteinerJohn F. Steiner, MD, MPH, is a Senior Investigator at the Institute for Health Research. His research focuses on increasing access to care, health equity and disparities, and prevention and treatment of hypertension and diabetes.

Dr. Steiner received his medical training at the University of Pennsylvania and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado, Denver. He later earned his Master of Public Health degree at the University of Washington. Dr. Steiner has over 30 years of research experience, with his early work focused on developing and testing measures of medication adherence and using those measures in studies of the prevention and treatment of hypertension and diabetes. Another central focus of Dr. Steiner's research has been on improving access and quality of care for minority, vulnerable, and under-served populations. He is currently leading the development of a learning network, the Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation (SONNET) to promote rigorous evaluation of Kaiser Permanente programs that address social, economic, and behavioral needs among members.

Dr. Steiner is a Professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a member of the American College of Physicians and the Society for General Internal Medicine.


Selected Research

  • A Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation (SONNET): Addressing the Social, Economic and Behavioral Needs of Kaiser Permanente Members
    The goal of this project is to establish a learning network, the Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation (SONNET), to promote rigorous evaluation of Kaiser Permanente programs that address social, economic and behavioral needs (SEBN) among Kaiser members.
    Funder: Kaiser Permanente Colorado
    Study End Date: 12/31/2019

  • Improving Hypertension Care of American Indians and Alaska Natives through Interactive Voice Response Technology

    The goal of this project is to improve care for patients with hypertension at the First Nations Community HealthSource, an Urban Indian Health Organization in Albuquerque New Mexico. A hypertension registry will be developed, and information from that registry will be used to support a randomized, controlled trial of interactive voice-response outreach to patients with hypertension, with the goal of improving blood pressure control through reducing missed clinic appointments and improving medication adherence.
    Funder: American Heart Association
    Study End Date: 6/30/2019

  • Using Values Affirmation to Reduce the Effects of Perceived Discrimination on Hypertension Disparities
    Three aims of this project are (1) to compare the effects of the values-affirmation exercise with a control exercise on antihypertensive medication adherence in African American patients across three clinical settings; (2) compare the effects of the values-affirmation exercise in African American patients with its effects in white patients with similar socioeconomic and clinical characteristics; and (3) assess the suitability of the intervention for widespread dissemination using the RE-AIM (reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation and maintenance) framework.
    Funder: National Institutes of Health
    Study End Date: 5/31/2020

  • Assessing the Unintended Consequences of Health System Interventions

    The objectives of this study are to develop a typology of the unintended consequences of health system interventions through a consensus process focused on a systematic review of prior publications, and to develop an approach based on this typology that can help researchers and evaluators plans for and assess the unintended consequences of health system interventions.
    Funder: Kaiser Permanente Colorado
    Study End Date: 12/31/2017

  • Developing Infrastructure for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research at Denver Health

    The objective of this award is to develop a cohort of well-trained patient-centered outcomes researchers within Denver Health, a safety-net delivery system. Kaiser Permanente Colorado will serve as a data partner and scientific advisor to Denver Health in this award.
    Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
    Study End Date: 1/31/2018

  • Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI)
    The CCTSI is a collaborative enterprise with a goal to accelerate the translation of research discoveries into improved patient care and public health.
    Funder: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
    Study End Date: 4/30/2018

  • Outcomes of Diabetes Care for American Indians and Alaskan Natives within Integrated Health Care Delivery Systems

    Using existing data from the Surveillance, Prevention, and Management of Diabetes (SUPREME-DM) DataLink, the aims of this study are to assess the feasibility of comparing metrics for the quality of diabetes care within the Indian Health Services (IHS) nationally to quality for members of 9 private-sector, integrated delivery systems within the Health Care Systems Research Network. This comparative systems analysis will inform efforts to benchmark and improve diabetes care within both sets of institutions.
    Funder: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    Study End Date: 7/31/2021