Paula Blasi, MPH

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“I want my research to be actionable, relevant, and accessible to people in my community.”

Paula Blasi, MPH

Collaborative Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Paula.R.Blasi@kp.org
206-287-2094

Biography

Paula Blasi, MPH, is enthusiastic about conducting research that can make a difference in the health of her community. Her research interests include preventive medicine, health promotion, health communication, and the social determinants of health. Paula works with the Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) on systematic evidence reviews of clinical preventive services for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and completes rapid literature reviews for Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI)’s Learning Health System Program. Paula also conducts qualitative research with patient and provider populations.

Paula earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Washington, in the Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) program. She completed her master’s capstone project with the YWCA, where she conducted a community health needs assessment focused on birth outcomes in King County. Paula also evaluated access to care for Medicaid beneficiaries during a practicum at Public Health—Seattle & King County. Before joining KPWHRI, Paula was a writer and editor at the Advisory Board Company, a health care research and consulting firm in Washington, DC.

Research interests and experience

Recent publications

Ulloa-Pérez E, Blasi PR, Westbrook EO, Lozano P, Coleman KF, Coley RY. Pragmatic randomized study of targeted text message reminders to reduce missed clinic visits. Perm J. 2022 Apr 5;26(1):64-72. doi: 10.7812/TPP/21.078. PubMed

Henrikson NB, Blasi P, Figueroa Gray M, Tiffany BT, Scrol A, Ralston JD, Fullerton SM, Lim CY, Ewing J, Leppig KA. Patient and family preferences on health system-led direct contact for cascade screening. J Pers Med. 2021;11(6):538. doi: 10.3390/jpm11060538. PubMed

Lin JS, Perdue LA, Henrikson NB, Bean SI, Blasi PR. Screening for colorectal cancer: updated evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2021;325(19):1978-1997. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.4417. PubMed

Kamineni A, Blasi PR, Gundersen GD, Oliver M, Dunn JB, Galloway DA, Madeleine MM. Barriers to human papillomavirus vaccine series completion among insured individuals in an integrated healthcare setting. Infect Dis (Auckl). 2021 May 20;14:11786337211018712. doi: 10.1177/11786337211018712. eCollection 2021. PubMed

Parchman ML, Palazzo L, Austin BT, Blasi P, Henrikson NB, Gundersen G, Ganos E. Taking action to address medical overuse: common challenges and facilitators. Am J Med. 2020 Feb 4. pii: S0002-9343(20)30052-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2020.01.001. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Henrikson NB, Blasi P, Dorsey CN, Mettert KD, Nguyen MB, Walsh-Bailey CL, Macuiba JA, Gottlieb LM, Lewis CC. Psychometric and pragmatic properties of social risk assessment tools in clinical settings: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. Vol 57, Issue 6, Supp 1, p S13-S24. Dec 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2019.07.012.

Henrikson NB, Blasi PR, Dorsey CN, Mettert KD, Nguyen MB, Walsh-Bailey C, Macuiba J, Gottlieb LM, Lewis CC. Psychometric and pragmatic properties of social risk screening tools: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2019 Dec;57(6 Suppl 1):S13-S24. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.07.012. PubMed

Henrikson NB, Aiello Bowles EJ, Blasi PR, Morrison CC, Nguyen M, Pillarisetty VG, Lin JS. Screening for pancreatic cancer: updated evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA. 2019;322(5):445-454. doi: 10.1001/jama.2019.6190. PubMed

Henrikson NB, Blasi PR, Corsmo JJ, Sheffer Serdoz E, Scrol A, Greene SM, Matthews TL, Ralston JD. "You really do have to know the local context": IRB administrators and researchers on the implications of the NIH Single IRB mandate for multisite genomic studies. J Empir Res Hum Res Ethics. 2019 Jul;14(3):286-295. doi: 10.1177/1556264619850440. Epub 2019 May 22. PubMed

Henrikson NB, Blasi PR, Fullerton SM, Grafton J, Leppig KA, Jarvik GP, Larson EB. "It would be so much easier": health system-led genetic risk notification-feasibility and acceptability of cascade screening in an integrated system. J Community Genet. 2019 Mar 6. pii: 10.1007/s12687-019-00412-z. doi: 10.1007/s12687-019-00412-z. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

 

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