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Dr. Christina D. Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH

Professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Dr. Bethell is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she serves as the founding director of the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative and the National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Initiative.

Since 1996, Dr. Bethell has shaped the conversation and developed methods and frameworks to enable the first-ever and ongoing availability of national, state, local, health system and clinical level family-centered data to promote the early and lifelong health of children, families and communities. She works to promote data driven and relationship and healing centered approaches to establish policies and practices that advance positive health outcomes for children, families and communities. This includes research to develop the Cycle of Engagement model and tools, which engage families to improve well child care services and shared care planning for children with special health care needs (CSHCN).

Dr Bethell is an avid student of human potential for flourishing amid adversity and is dedicated to the implementation of the collaboratively developed Prioritizing Possibilities a collaboratively developed national agenda to address childhood trauma and promote a new science of thriving in research, advocacy, teaching and practice.

She writes poetry, dances and believes that attuned connection with our selves, life and others is the source of our creativity and joy.