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).

Clinical Trials Mission & Vision

Mission: To provide the highest quality support for clinical trials conducted within the Kaiser Permanente Colorado region through an innovative and integrated clinical trials program that respects and provides for the needs of patients, physicians, and researchers.

Vision: To provide access to and support high quality trials that advance science and have the potential to bring alternative treatment and therapies to our membership and the communities we serve.