Frequently Asked Questions

Who are we?

The Coalition for Health Environments Research (CHER) is an organization dedicated to “promote, fund, and disseminate research into humane, effective and efficient environments through multidisciplinary collaboration dedicated to quality healthcare for all.”

We believe that today many healthcare environments are planned without a sufficient base of scientific or other objective knowledge. Healthcare providers, consultants, architects and interior designers must make multiple complex decisions during the course of planning for new buildings or renovations. Many buildings are based on current trends, code minimums, cursory reviews of recent projects, and pet theories. Objective studies or evaluations of results are virtually absent.

As a country, we spend more on healthcare construction than most other countries in developed world. We rank among the lowest in terms of national commitment by our government to health environments research. CHER aspires to be a catalyst for the private sector and for governmental agencies to foster a significantly greater level of research and results dissemination on a national scale. This is no small undertaking.

Is CHER a not-for-profit organization?

We are a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 corporation staffed and directed by volunteers. This allows the maximum amount of the funds we receive to go directly to research.

What assures quality in the research that is done?

Our research committee is still in its formative stages. Currently representatives of four universities are included on the committee with individuals drawn from the disciplines of architecture and nursing. The function of the research committee is to assure that high standards for selecting researchers, research methodology and results reporting are maintained. The research committee will also play a significant role in setting our research agenda.

Where does the money come from?

The core of our research efforts is the CHER Research Council that currently consists of four experienced researchers, all with practice-based backgrounds. They help us develop our requests for proposals, select the appropriate team to conduct each research study, monitor the progress of research studies and critique the drafts of the final reports.