Why the IHR?

Marsha RaebelPart of Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the Institute for Health Research (IHR) is an integrated department that conducts, publishes, and disseminates epidemiologic, behavioral, and health services research. The 15 full-time and over 20 affiliate MD, PhD, and PharmD Investigators are supported by nearly 80 research nurses, project managers, research specialists, research assistants, statisticians, analysts, programmers, and administrative staff.

The IHR leads or participates in a number of national research collaborations including the NCI-sponsored Cancer Research Network (CRN), the Health Care Systems Research Network (formerly HMO Research Network), the NHLBI-sponsored Cardiovascular Research Network (CVRN), the CDC-sponsored Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD), the NIMH-sponsored Mental Health Research Network (MHRN), the AHRQ-sponsored the SUPREME-DM Network, and the AHRQ-sponsored DEcIDE network. These partnerships enable the IHR to contribute to large, cutting edge, multi-site research projects.

IHR revenues from grants has more than doubled since 2007 due to increased extramural funding, large, multi-site projects, and increase in funded studies where IHR is the prime awardee. Additionally the IHR publications have also nearly doubled from 2008 to 2012 meaning that the research produced is keeping up with the funding. Being good stewards of funds, working hard to produce and publish research, and participating with other national research collaborators are just some of the ways the IHR works to maintain its status as a leader in health care research.