Division of Child Health Research and Policy (CHeRP)

The Division of Child Health Research and Policy (CHeRP) is a multidisciplinary research group located in the Department of Population Medicine (DPM). CHeRP's mission is to conduct research that enhances health care decision-making by patients and their families, clinicians, and policymakers, and improves the quality of pediatric care in healthcare delivery systems. Please visit our CHeRP Twitter page for the latest news.

CHeRP's association with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care offers special opportunities to conduct population-based studies of health care practices and health outcomes in large groups of patients and clinicians.  CHeRP's investigators are Harvard Medical School faculty appointed in the DPM, the Department of Pediatrics, or both.

CHeRP has close ties to Boston Children's Hospital, one of the nation's premier institutions in pediatric research and teaching. CHeRP members also collaborate with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, a large multi-specialty provider group, in research on how to improve primary care for children. Center faculty lead an innovative fellowship training program in pediatric health services research, which contributes to a vibrant research environment

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation contributes core funding for CHeRP. Harvard Pilgrim was the first New England health plan to have a non-profit foundation with the sole purpose of serving the community at large. The efforts of the foundation reflect Harvard Pilgrim's mission, which is to improve the health of its members and the health of society.

CHeRP Leadership

Please explore our CHeRP Twitter page to learn more about our research efforts and policy impact.