Focus Areas

Our work focuses on many of today’s most pressing health care challenges, including persistent pain & opioids, social health, and patient & family engagement.

Focus Areas

Our work focuses on many of today’s most pressing health care challenges and showcases our innovative approach to transforming care.

Bringing essential partners together to transform care in high-priority areas

We leverage our core capabilities in designing, implementing, and evaluating health care interventions across a variety of health care topics. Much of our recent work is focused in the following areas:

  • Persistent pain & opioids, including embedding Integrated Pain Management in primary care and sharing resources from the 6 Building Blocks programs
  • Social health, including leading the Kaiser Permanente's Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation (SONNET) and supporting universal screening for social health in Kaiser Permanente and federally qualified health centers
  • Patient & family engagement, including co-creating programs and resources with patient partners and creating tools to support patients in self-management support 

Our work in these areas reflects our commitment to addressing health care’s most pressing challenges in an equitable, evidence-based way. We do this by bringing together patients, clinicians, care delivery leaders, researchers, and community-based organizations to co-design practical approaches to care transformation.

Featured work in these focus areas

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Sarah Brush
Sarah Brush shares insights on engaging KP members in a learning health system project to revamp care for persistent pain.

Persistent pain & opioids

doctor treating patient indicating back pain

Developing a whole-person approaches to pain that combat stigma

Social health


Understanding patients' social health needs and how health systems can help meet them

Patient & family engagement


Partnering with patients to find patient-centered, equitable ways to improve care