Kaiser Permanente Northwest
Kaiser Permanente Northwest's Center for Health Research (CHR) was created in 1964 to study health maintenance organizations. Scientists were recruited from a variety of fields to study a range of health and medical care issues. Recently, the CHR coordinates national clinical trials and research projects using medical data about millions of people enrolled in HMOs throughout the United States. Research programs focus on improving clinical practice, especially for chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. The CHR also has received an $8 million grant to form a partnership with five medical and research institutions in Oregon to create the Oregon Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (OCCAM). The goal of this partnership is to apply scientific tools to conventional and alternative medicine treating craniofacial disorders such as periodontal disease and temporomandibular joint disorder.
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