Fast Facts


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

Group Health Research Institute (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 630,000 people.


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

Faculty and staff

About 55 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.


In 2016, GHRI’s external revenue exceeded $54.4 million.

  • Federal agencies (NIH, CDC, AHRQ, etc.) = 72% of GHRI's annual budget.

  • Grants and contracts from foundations (Robert Wood Johnson, Paul B. Allen Family Foundation, Group Health Foundation, etc.) and Other (includes PCORI, state, and industry) = 27%.

  • Group Health = 5%.


GHRI belongs to several national consortia, including the Health Care Systems Research Network, which has data from 20 health systems nationwide. 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.

Our centers

The MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation and the Center for Community Health and Evaluation are part of GHRI.


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


In 2016, GHRI managed a total of 300 active grants and published 367 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.