Findings from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health
Findings from the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health

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Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH
Director of the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health
Director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI)
Professor, Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Bethell is a Professor in the Bloomberg School of Public Health 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. She established and leads the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (, one of the first resources in the US to liberate federal and state level data directly for public access and to advance research, policy and practice based applications of population based data to improve individual, family and community health. She has been pivotal in the building the field of patient centered quality improvement through the design, testing and dissemination of methods like the Health 2.0 recognized Well Visit Planner ( as well as through development of a national agenda to address childhood trauma and family health as cross cutting factors in human health and well-being. Since 1996, Dr. Bethell has been a national leader in the development of child, family and population health and systems performance measurement methods like the National Survey of Children’s Health and the first Consumer Assessment of Health Plans and Providers Survey (CAHPS) for children with special health care needs .Her work has focused on promoting early and lifelong health with a special focus on patient, family and community centered engagement, addressing social determinants of health like adverse childhood experiences, advancing a positive construct for health and human flourishing and translating neuroscience and integrative health methods. She also leads the Maternal and Child Health Measurement Research Network to foster the actionable use of MCH measures and foster shared accountability across agencies and communities to advance MCH outcomes and system performance. She is passionate about enabling data-driven partnerships at all levels and translating the new brain sciences, mindfulness and other mind-body methods to transform health and related services to prevent illness and promote thriving; with a focus on promoting community led healing, promoting positive health and advancing High Reliability Organizations.She writes poetry and enjoys all aspects of the creative process and is a fierce advocate of the transformative power of trusting relationships.
Reem M. Ghandour, DrPH, MPA
Director, Division of Epidemiology Office of Epidemiology and Research
Maternal and Child Health Bureau Health Resources and Services Administration

Dr. Reem M. Ghandour directs the Division of Epidemiology in HRSA MCHB’s Office of Epidemiology and Research. Dr. Ghandour oversees a range of programmatic investments designed to extend and enhance data and analytic capacity at both the state and national levels. Her individual portfolio includes conducting original research on a variety of MCH issues, with a special focus on children’s mental health and Children with Special Health Care Needs. In addition, she directs the National Survey of Children’s Health, and has served as the MCHB-lead for Healthy People 2020 and the initial coordinator for the Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) to reduce infant mortality. Dr. Ghandour holds a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a Doctorate in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In December 2011, she was awarded the Maternal and Child Health Young Professional Achievement award by The Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology. She enjoys running, cooking, and playing with her 4-year-old daughter, Violet.

Jason M. Fields, PhD, MPH
Survey Director
U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce

Dr. Jason Fields is the Survey Director for the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP), the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), and the National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses (NSSRN) at the U.S. Census Bureau. In this capacity, he is responsible for the design, content, and administration of the SIPP, the administration of the NSCH on behalf of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, and management of the NSSRN on behalf of the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. He has promoted the integration of administrative data into production survey processing, and implemented a proactive paradata evaluation, management and quality assurance program. His research interests include survey methodology, the integration of administrative and survey data, longitudinal survey design, disclosure avoidance, and substantive interests include: family demography, living arrangements, health and well-being, and the long-term social and health consequences of childhood poverty and family instability. Dr. Fields began his career at the Census Bureau in the Population Division in 1997 as a family demographer in the Fertility and Family Statistics Branch. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Emory University in Sociology in 1990, and a master’s degree in public health (1993) and doctorate in Demography from the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences (1998) from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. He has been a member of the Population Association of America since 1995 and is currently serving as PAA board member.