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The changing face of health care requires new, transdisciplinary models of delivery of care. Facing challenges such as skyrocketing health care costs, more people entering the system, a rise in chronic diseases, and a rapidly aging population, ASU is dedicated to changing the paradigm and directing the focus toward promoting healthy behaviors, as well as delivering health care in novel ways.
Health care is changing in many positive ways and ASU strives to be at the forefront. By embedding health promotion and disease prevention into health care, the university directly benefits the health and wellbeing of the community. Ongoing research is in areas such as lifestyle and behavior change, diabetes prevention, cardiovascular disease, adult and childhood obesity, healthy workplace environments, and nutrition and exercise science.
ASU's world-class research faculty, centers and institutes bring together thought-leaders in science, humanities, social sciences, health and engineering to spearhead new approaches to target and treat cancers, understand the spread, evolution and emergence of infectious disease, personalize medicine, and devise strategic interventions for obesity, Alzheimers and mental health challenges.
Health research in the areas of informatics and technology at ASU ranges from investigating ways to harness Big Data, to understanding the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and improving methods for predicting epileptic seizures.
The brain – and how it is used it to live life to the fullest– is at the center of ASU’s knowledge enterprise. ASU spearheads interdisciplinary work in neuroscience, psychology and the behavioral sciences.
Arizona State University is committed to finding new solutions by recognizing that major health challenges stem from many factors beyond disease itself – factors that are ecological, cultural, institutional, historical, evolutionary, social and technological. Effective, sustainable solutions to our most pressing global health challenges will need to take all of these factors into account, as well as the complex ways in which they interrelate.
Laws and related policies play a pivotal role in public health prevention efforts. Well-known examples — like vaccinations, tobacco control and food safety — reflect how laws can be used to mitigate disease and injury.
Training the health care leaders and practitioners of tomorrow, as well as fostering an environment in which new research thrives, is one of the most impactful ways ASU is shaping the future.
Transdisciplinary and life-changing work is taking place across ASU's many health related programs, departments, centers and institutes.
The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is a transdisciplinary center within ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. The center collaborates with community partners to enhance the health and well being of vulnerable populations across the lifespan. Led by Director Gabriel Shaibi with input from a team of seasoned researchers and staff members, the center is structured around three main cores that include research, training, and community engagement. Through the activities of these cores, the center conducts and disseminates extramurally-funded research, supports the training of the next generation of health promotion and disease prevention scholars, and engages local community members, agencies, and stakeholders to support the translation of research findings into real-world applications.
Ongoing research efforts within the center include a project that examines the impact of a community health obesity prevention intervention for Latino infants; research that tests the utility of tai chi to reduce fatigue in breast cancer survivors; a community-based diabetes prevention program for Latino youth; a project that looks at the efficacy, delivery, and sustainability of physical activity and healthy eating among preschool children; and a grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study preventive drug abuse in adolescents. In addition to these research projects, the center also has an active Youth Advisory Board and mentors undergraduate, graduate, and early career faculty members.