Sustainable Health


CSH works with forward-thinking partners to further our mission to sustain human health

  • ASU Biodesign Institute

    The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University addresses today’s critical global challenges in health care, sustainability, and security by developing solutions inspired from natural systems and translating those solutions into commercially viable products and clinical practices.

    Encompassing 350,000 square-feet of award-winning, state-of-the-art, LEED-certified buildings, the Biodesign Institute represents the State of Arizona¹s largest research infrastructure investment in bioscience-related research. ASU is the first university in the U.S. to create an interdisciplinary research institute entirely devoted to bio-inspired innovation principles, representing a vast expansion of ASU¹s state-of-the-art research capacity, and also serving a core mission to engage the talents of its multidisciplinary scientists to find solutions to some of society¹s largest challenges.

    The three major areas in which the Biodesign Institute is working to make a difference are: biomedicine and health outcomes, sustainability and security. This framework allows the institute to address these critical global challenges by creating use-inspired, as well as bio-inspired solutions.

    ASU Health Solutions

    Health Solutions is located at Arizona State University and coordinates multiple activities and initiatives at ASU  related to improving health outcomes, which includes relevant academic departments and centers, as well as service units, including:

    • The College of Health Solutions serves as a knowledge exchange and catalyst for collaboration among health-related units from across ASU and provides support for health related academic programs, transdisciplinary research, and strategic community partnerships.
    • The College of Nursing and Health Innovation has grown to include almost 9,000 graduates and is the only university program offering an on-campus Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing & Health care Innovation (PhD) degree.
    • The School of Nutrition and Health Promotion provides a rigorous education for students in Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness, Kinesiology, Health Sciences, and Medical Laboratory Science. It is committed to the engagement in and application of research designed to promote health and wellbeing and reduce risk of chronic disease in persons across the lifespan and throughout society.

    Banner Health

    Banner Health is one of the largest nonprofit health care systems in the nation, operating 24 hospitals and other related health entities and services in seven states, including Banner Health Network and Banner Medical Group. As a nonprofit, every dollar Banner earns is reinvested into new hospital beds, new or expanding patient care services, new physician services, new technologies, maintaining existing equipment and facilities, and paying employees’ salaries.

    Named one of the Top 5 Large Health Systems in 2013 by Truven (formerly Thomson Reuters), Banner Health offers comprehensive services, physician services, hospice and home care, and its research is internationally recognized. Additionally, Banner provides specialized services such as those at Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Banner Concussion Center, Banner Heart Hospital, and the Western States Burn Center.

    Twenty-one Banner hospitals are have achieved the highest level of electronic medical records, and the system’s 55-bed simulation medical center represents the largest “virtual hospital” of its kind.


    Chang Gung University and Medical System


    CGMH serves 6 million people (25% of Taiwan’s population), providing care from primary to tertiary services. It also has 10,000 acute beds, excellent clinical teams organized around disease research centers, a 100-person technology team, a dedicated leader, and critically, a significant allocation of space, personnel and financial resources.

    Mr. Yung-Ching Wang, the late Chairman of the Formosa Plastics Group (the largest private enterprise in Taiwan), founded Chang Gung College of Medicine in 1987, which is now Chang Gung University (CGU). CGU has 18 undergraduate and 24 graduate programs in Medicine, Engineering and Management. ranked fifth academically among the more than 150 universities and colleges in Taiwan, CGU provides excellent learning and research opportunities for 7,514 students and more than 650 faculty members.

    CGU’s overall development objective is to establish research centers that integrate manpower and resources to develop competitive fields in the 21st century. The school fosters leaders in different professions including medicine, engineering, and management, making Chang Gung University a research university with various world-class research centers in the coming decade. For example, the Chang Gung Molecular Medicine research Center (CGMMrC) was formed to integrate basic, translational and clinical research as well as to apply results of scientific investigation to patients and doctors.

    Mayo Clinic

    Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit medical group practice in the world. With campuses in Rochester, Minnesota; Jacksonville, Florida; and Phoenix/ Scottsdale, Arizona, Mayo cares for more than one million patients from all 50 states and from more than 150 countries annually.

    Mayo’s mission is: “To inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research.” Mayo Clinic is a pioneer and innovator in medicine. Patients from throughout the world and from all walks of life look to Mayo Clinic as a source of hope and healing. Mayo’s unique style of care brings teams of experts together to provide high-quality, affordable and compassionate care to each patient.

    Research and education activities at Mayo Clinic are essential to advancing patient care. Mayo Clinic’s multidisciplinary research teams translate new discoveries rapidly to improve the prevention and treatment of disease and injury. Mayo educational programs span the continuum of health care professions, and ensure that the legacy of Mayo’s unique style of patient care continues.

    ASU’s Center for Sustainable Health is collaborating with the Mayo Clinic on a variety of innovative projects in support of our mission to improve health outcomes and reduce the financial and human cost of disease.