For Policy Makers and Program Leaders

Effective policy and programs require real time, valid data to provide feedback on how current policies are working towards desired population health outcomes and assess population needs to shape future policy and programs. The CAHMI hopes to support policy makers and program leaders in their promotion of child and adolescent health and health care.

The measures that the CAHMI develops are derived from current policy recommendations and the data emerging from these measurements are intended to encourage policy-driven improvement. The CAHMI ensures that valid data are made available to policy makers and program leaders in various ways, for example through the Data Resource Center (DRC).

The DRC promotes active understanding and use of child and adolescent health and health care quality data by providing easily accessible data and technical assistance such that statistical expertise is not needed. Our country’s health care system is called to transform to combat the increasing unsustainable costs and the outcomes lying below the system’s potential. Family- and patient-centered care is becoming widely accepted as what our health care system needs to adopt to improve clinical and financial outcomes.

As early as 2001, The Institute of Medicine (IOM) declared “patient centeredness” as one of the six goals for a 21st century health care system. Person-centeredness and family engagement is one of the nine principles set forth by the National Quality Strategy. The intention of the Affordable Care Act is to align incentives within the health care system to encourage patient-centered care as well as require patient-centered assessments.

Family- and patient-centered policies and programs are in high demand. The CAHMI utilizes family- and patient-reported measurements to understand the needs, gaps and effectiveness of current strategies. With this data reporting on the patient experience of care, future policies can more effectively be family-centered. The CAHMI wishes to work with you to inform and drive family- and patient- centered policies and programs.

Get Involved

  • Use the Data Resource Center (DRC) to gather actionable data to inform and drive policy and program
  • Ask the CAHMI for technical assistance to help work with the data
  • Use the CAHMI measurements to gather practice-level quality information to inform quality improvement, EPSDT reporting, and contracting.
  • Partner with the CAHMI to identify priorities, figure out how to measure quality of care in your state and local areas, think of innovative ways to identify needs of the population, keep transparency in communication, and build partnerships.
  • Check out the proposal to integrate mindfulness and mind-body methods into the health care system.


  • Data Driven Partnership: Partnership Driven Data. This presentation talks about the importance of data to shape policy and programs as well as develop partnerships.
  • Building Integrated, Sustainable and Actionable Quality Measurement Strategies in Medicaid/SCHIP. This presentation explains how quality measurement is essential to each key role states play as purchaser, insurer, regulator, and agent for the public good.
  • Measuring the Quality of Preventive Care Delivered to Young Children: How a Parent-Based Survey Can Be Used to Inform Policy Decision. This presentation describes how the Promoting Healthy Development Survey can be and has been used by states for federal and state reporting, purchasing and contracting, quality improvement, and consumer information.