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Interviews at Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

Reporters interested in arranging background conversations, phone and on-site interviews with any Division of Research scientist or staff member first must contact the Communications Department. Responsibilities for scientific sections and their investigators are as follows:



 

  • Cancer
  • Behavioral Health and Aging
  • Health Care Delivery and Policy
  • Cardiovascular and Metabolic Conditions
  • Women’s and Children’s Health
  • Infectious Diseases/Vaccine Study Center
  • Autism Research Program
  • Research Program on Genes, Environment and Health

 

If you are unsure which scientific section the person you wish to interview is in, please call either Janet Byron or Ann Wallace for assistance. After regular business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT), please use the mobile numbers provided to reach us.

We will work with you to schedule interview times and facilitate communication with our scientists. We also can provide you with relevant background material and recommend additional sources for your story.

Interviews with Kaiser Permanente Clinicians and Members

If your story involves interviews with Kaiser Permanente clinicians or members — as an extension or adjunct to reporting on an area of scientific research — advance notice is required. Any contact with a member/patient must be initiated by their physician. With permission, we may then contact the member/patient on your behalf if they are willing to speak with the media.

Consent in the form of written authorization as defined under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act must be obtained from a Kaiser Permanente member or a member’s parent/guardian prior to any interview.

Photography and videotaping require additional consent and written authorization. The Communications staff is responsible for all direct contact with clinicians and members, as well as obtaining all required consents. In addition, we must accompany all reporters, film crews and photographers on interviews and photo/video shoots.