To advance children's mental health policy through the identification of evidence-based strategies for improving health care access, engagement, and outcomes among vulnerable populations at-risk for disparities.
Who We Are
Launched in 2002, the Children’s Health Initiative (CHI) is an internationally-recognized children’s health policy research group located within the Academic Research Programsof the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). It brings together a team of clinicians and researchers dedicated to improving outcomes for children with mental health needs. The CHI team regularly collaborates with other research teams within CHA, as well as across the country in activities related to analyzing practice approaches and delivery system design elements intended to enhance clinical quality and cost-effectiveness.
September 30, 2020. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has awarded CHI and the Cambridge Public Health Commission a 4-year, $4 million grant for the “The Safety-Net Approach: Weaving a Community-based System-of-Care to Improve Child Mental Outcomes"project, led by Dr. Katherine Grimes at Cambridge Health Alliance. The Safety-Net project is intended to disrupt disparities in mental health treatment access for children at-risk for childhood trauma (ACEs) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED).