Approach & expertise

Prevention and health promotion have been core values of Group Health since its inception. As an integral part of the medical staff at Group Health, the Department of Preventive Care (DPC) provides the connection between population-based prevention strategies and the health plan's delivery system. Seeking to improve the health outcomes of patients at Group Health and in the community, DPC uses population-based, evidence-based approaches to disease prevention.

DPC aims to improve the health and quality of life of Group Health members and the general community by providing services to detect asymptomatic but clinically important disease and promote health through lifestyle and behavior change. Its main research mission is to conduct "translational research"—that is, discovering ways of implementing scientifically proven methods of prevention in a real-world health care setting.

Director David C. Grossman, MD, MPH and Assistant Director Paula Lozano, MD, MPH also provide extensive medical consultation to many GHRI investigators, in addition to investigators from the University of Washington and outside local, regional, and national organizations.