About CHEAR

Delivering quality research for positive impact on children’s health and well-being


The Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center at the University of Michigan was established in 1998 to be the home of an engaged and innovative academic community that focuses on interdisciplinary health services research that informs and shapes the development of public and private programs at the state and federal levels that support the best interests of children and their families.

Today, more than 20 years later, the CHEAR team continues to build on this overarching goal through cutting-edge research, education and the dissemination of research findings that are only possible through multidisciplinary team-based collaboration.

The CHEAR team of clinicians, research scientists, public health professionals and highly skilled research and administrative staff, coming from more than 10 schools and colleges at the University of Michigan, focus on

  • knowledge creation through novel research that encompasses epidemiology, health policy, health services research, general pediatrics, and pediatric subspecialties
  • training future generations of students, residents, and fellows interested in or pursuing careers in
    child-focused health services and health policy research
  • disseminating research findings at the state and federal levels so that policy makers are making informed decisions regarding public and private programs to positively impact the everyday lives of children and their families

The Susan B. Meister Child Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Center is recognized as one of the largest of its kind that focuses on children.

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