About Us

About Us

Mission | Values | Vision of the CAHRDS Unit


Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support (CAHRDS) Unit of the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Louisville School of Medicine exists to improve effectiveness, quality, safety and delivery of health care and promote optimal health for all children in Kentucky. The Unit will support missions of the University of Louisville, School of Medicine, and the Department of Pediatrics through the application of pediatric health services research. We define health services research as follows:

Health services research is a multidisciplinary field of study that aims to understand factors that influence child and adolescent health, which include individuals, families, communities, and organizations. Areas of study may include health behaviors, social determinants of health, access to care, care quality, health care costs, resource utilization, and system structures, processes, and policies.


The faculty and staff of the CAHRDS Unit are guided by values of 1) improving child health and well-being through developing evidence that identifies best practices, 2) pursuing scientific rigor with integrity and accountability, and 3) building collaborative and inclusive University and community partnerships.


With the mindset of "what is best for children," the CAHRDS Unit expects to produce excellent research that serves the health and well-being of children, their families and communities, and our colleagues who provide health care services to them.

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