Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH

Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research

Rachel Gold, PhD, MPH, is an Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research, with a joint appointment at the OCHIN community health information network, where she is the Lead Research Scientist. Dr. Gold’s work centers on research at OCHIN’s national network of safety net clinics. Her primary research interest is determining how electronic health record data can be harnessed to improve rates of guideline-concordant primary care in the safety net setting, with a focus on optimizing the implementation of EHR-based clinical decision support tools. Dr. Gold is PI of several NIH-funded studies, involving cross-setting implementation of a quality improvement initiative from Kaiser Permanente into community health centers, which involves direct comparison of the effectiveness of several implementation support strategies. In addition, she leads a study of how to help community clinics collect and act on information about patients’ social determinants of health. She also serves / served as co-Investigator on studies evaluating: the effects of parental insurance coverage on children’s health care access and outcomes; the use of EHRs to support safety net clinics’ efforts to help their pediatric patients stay insured; the feasibility of applying national pediatric care quality measures in safety net clinics’ EHR data; and strategies for helping safety net clinics implement team-based perinatal depression identification and care.