May 8, 2019

Kathleen Lee Higuchi promoted to director

Higuchi to oversee grant administration at Kaiser Permanente Center for Integrated Health Care Research.

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente is pleased to announce the promotion of Kathleen Higuchi to director of research administration. As part of the Center for Integrated Health Care Research leadership team, Higuchi will help shape the development of the Hawaii region’s vision for cutting-edge research that allows Kaiser Permanente members to live their healthiest lives.

In her new role, Higuchi will develop and oversee strategic objectives, processes and procedures to streamline research and grant administration activities. She will also ensure that research activities are compliant with funding agencies’ state, federal, statutory and regulatory standards. She currently serves as chair of the Kaiser Permanente National Research Administrators Council and is the acting research conflict of interest officer for the Hawaii region.

“We’re proud to appoint Kathleen to director of research administration,” said Ronny Fujimoto, APRN, MSN, senior director of clinic operations, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “She is an invaluable member of our team and continuously demonstrates the leadership, drive and commitment necessary to lead all research activities for the Hawaii region. Under Kathleen’s direction, we believe we will be able to advance our research best practices and innovation to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.”

Higuchi’s tenure at the Center for Integrated Health Care Research spans two decades in grant management and research roles. She received her undergraduate degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended Mid-Pacific Institute on Oahu.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.

About Center for Integrated Health Care Research
The Center for Integrated Health Care Research, Hawaii (CIHR) conducts professionally independent research within the managed-care context of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region. It focuses on research issues uniquely suited to its position within a large integrated health care system serving an extraordinarily ethnically diverse, defined population. CIHR collaborate broadly with scientists in institutions around the country and is also a member of the Kaiser Permanente National Research Council.

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