Facts about Group Health Research Institute

Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) does practical research to keep people healthy.

GHRI is the research arm of Group Health Cooperative, a Seattle-based, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care system that coordinates health care and coverage for more than 600,000 people.

History: Since 1983, the Institute has conducted nonproprietary public-interest research on preventing, diagnosing, and treating major health problems.

Mission: “To improve health and health care for everyone through leading-edge research, innovation, and dissemination.”

Location: The Metropolitan Park East building in downtown Seattle. Facilities include a 5,500 square-foot, state-of-the-art research clinic.

Faculty and staff: About 60 health scientists—including physicians, epidemiologists, biostatisticians, psychologists, economists, and health services researchers. Most faculty members have a joint appointment at the University of Washington. GHRI also employs about 300 other staff members.

Funding: In 2012, GHRI’s external revenue exceeded $45 million.

Networks: GHRI belongs to several national consortia, including the HMO Research Network, which has data on about 12 million lives. Others include the Cancer Research Network, and the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. GHRI also hosts one of eight federally funded Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units.

Centers: The MacColl Center for Healthcare Innovation and the Center for Community Health and Evaluation are part of GHRI. Physician/researchers from Group Health's Department of Preventive Care are also members of the GHRI faculty.

Dissemination: GHRI shares its findings primarily through articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, presentations at scientific meetings, and the media.

Productivity: In 2012, GHRI managed a total of 348 active grants and published 332 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.