John F. Steiner, MD, MPH

Senior Clinician Investigator

John SteinerJohn F. Steiner, MD, MPH, is a Senior Clinician Investigator at the Institute for Health Research. His research focuses on increasing access to care, health equity, social determinants of health, treatment and visit adherence, 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. He 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 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