Child & Adolescent Health

We conduct research across a broad array of health issues in children and adolescents, including obesity, high blood pressure, asthma, vaccine safety, complex medical needs, and teen risk behaviors. Some of this work is epidemiologic, designed to further our understanding of disease patterns and risk factors, while other work is focused on improving health care delivery to children and adolescents. All our research is ultimately focused on improving the quality of care and well-being for children and adolescents within Kaiser Permanente and the communities around us.

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Child & Adolescent Researchers

Featured Projects

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    Parent-focused Prevention in Pediatric Primary Care: Implementation and Patient Outcomes in 3 Health Systems

    Investigators: Arne L. Beck, PhD
    The goal of this project is to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and health impact of delivering Guiding Good Choices, an evidence-based universal prevention program, to parents of 11 and 12-year old early adolescents within the network of primary care clinics associated with two large health care systems.
    Funder: National Institutes of Health
    Study End Date: 4/30/2019
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    Childhood Obesity Data Initiative (CODI)

    Investigators: Matthew F. Daley, MD
    The objective of the CODI project is to develop and implement a reusable system of data integration across multiple sectors focused on childhood obesity and prevention. The CODI project will include health care organizations and entities providing healthy weight related interventions, with the goal of providing an integrated, de-duplicated, longitudinal record of care for individuals across organizations, to be used for research and public health surveillance purposes.
    Funder: Public Health Informatics Institute
    Study End Date: 09/30/2020
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    The REDIVAC Study-Reducing Delay in the Vaccination of Children

    Investigators: Jason Glanz, PhD
    The objective of this study is to develop and test a vaccine tailored messaging intervention for parents.
    Funder: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
    Study End Date: 3/31/2019
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    A Targeted Approach to Safer Use of Antipsychotics in Youth     

    Investigators: Arne L. Beck, PhD
    The goal of this project is to conduct a 3 phase study in which we (1) develop a sequenced treatment algorithm and workflow to facilitate safer antipsychotic prescribing in youth aged 5-17 years with non-psychotic disorders; (2) conduct a pilot trial of the algorithm and workflow versus usual care; and (3) conduct a large scale pragmatic effectiveness trial of the algorithm and workflow versus usual care in six health systems across the US.
    Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Study End Date: 6/24/2021
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    Studying the Safety of the Immunization Schedule

    Investigators: Matthew F. Daley, MD and Jason Glanz, PhD
    The objective of this project is to develop the infrastructure to supplement existing epidemiologic data with patient-reported information on under-vaccination and the use of alternative vaccination schedules.
    Funder: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Study End Date: 09/24/2019