Child & Adolescent Health Services Program

bigstockphoto_Adorable_Little_Playing_Doctor_91664 (600x467)Barriers to quality health care services for children and adolescents, as well as racial and regional disparities in child and adolescent health status, persist throughout the United States. To address the challenges these realities present, the Program on Child and Adolescent Health Services focuses on ways to ensure the development, implementation, and rigorous evaluation of high quality, evidence-based services for children and adolescents. We strive to find innovative ways to empower children, adolescents, and their families to become more active participants in their care. We conduct research to evaluate interventions, programs, and health services. We provide technical assistance to policymakers, advocates, and health care providers. Our investigators work with national, regional, state, and local organizations and agencies as well as health care providers to improve child and adolescent health through research that assures that health care services will be accessible, affordable, comprehensive, coordinated, community-based, child, adolescent, and family-centered, and culturally competent. Current areas of investigation include: mental health and well-being, obesity, asthma, children with complex health care needs, Latino health, provider-patient communication, community-based participatory research, immunization, quality-of-life in children with cancer, and interventions to promote positive parenting skills.

Director: Betsy Sleath, PhD