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Designing Solutions for Maternal and Infant Health

Christina D. Bethell


Christina Bethell
Johns Hopkins University/Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Bethell is a Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, where she serves as the founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) within the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. Since 1996, the CAHMI has been a visionary research, policy and translational resource, leading all phases in the collaborative design and implementation of innovative, family-centered measurement approaches to shape and drive systems improvement for children, youth and families at the national, state and local levels. This includes the design, testing and national integration of the CAHPS survey for children with special health care needs survey and a range of national endorsed health systems performance and health care outcomes measures used in a range of national surveys, including the now yearly National Survey of Children’s Health. She leads the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (, supported through HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau as well as efforts to develop, test and disseminate family-driven quality measurement and improvement tools such as the Well Visit Planner. She is passionate about enabling data-driven partnerships and leveraging the new brain sciences, mindfulness and other mind-body methods to transform health and related services, with a focus on addressing childhood trauma, promoting positive health and advancing High Reliability Organizations. She earned an MBA an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago. She is also trained as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction facilitator, has received certification in neuroscience and organizational management from the Neuroleadership Institute and writes poetry.

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