You can change the future of health

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You can change the future of health

Health from every angle At the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University, we want to optimize health for everyone. To improve health, we must embrace and support greater equity and inclusivity in everything we do. Our students and faculty consider health from every angle as we work to improve well-being for people of diverse backgrounds, abilities and perspectives, no matter where they live, learn, work or play. You are welcome at the College of Health Solutions.

Our commitment We’re invested in a future where all community members can fully realize their potential. That commitment encompasses the students, staff and faculty of the college, but it also extends beyond the walls of our buildings and into the communities we serve.

Here are some of the ways you can get involved: ASU Speech and Hearing Clinic From telehealth appointments to a partnership that provides hearing aids to low-income Arizonans to voice therapy for transgender people, our clinic improves lives by facilitating communication.

Translational science

Project ECHO

Our research focuses on getting knowledge out of the labs and into communities that need it, faster. Researchers are studying ways to better manage diabetes, reduce food waste, improve quality of life for adults with autism, and support families after a COVID-19 diagnosis — and that’s just a small sample of many projects!

A telementoring program where our health experts and health care providers in underserved or rural areas collaborate and learn from one another, all at no cost.

Our students At the College of Health Solutions, you’ll join a friendly and welcoming group of students dedicated to improving health for people and their communities. By studying health, you can do what you love – you can help others.

Here’s what some of our students are doing to make a difference:

From gridiron to guru

Their best shot

Agent of change

When Jackson (Peizhang) He came to America from China at age 17, he didn’t speak English or play a sport besides ping pong. Today, the Health Solutions graduate is the only Chinese-born player to make the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, the pinnacle of college football in the United States. Jackson studied healthy lifestyles coaching at ASU, and he has some big goals for his knowledge. Jackson told “In China, not a lot of people work out, and they don’t think working out is good. I want to go back and change the whole culture.”

When the call went out for volunteers to help with ASU’s COVID-19 vaccination effort in January 2021, College of Health Solutions students filled almost one-fourth of the 480 available slots in less than 12 hours. Some worked as greeters at the vaccination facility on the Tempe campus, some helped people with paperwork, and all supported the logistics of getting vaccine shots into the arms of 11,000-plus eligible ASU community members who came to the Sun Devil Fitness Center vaccination site.

Charles Yellow Horse chose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in health sciences, which solidified his decision to focus on Native American health. He credits a flexible and robust online program with allowing him to finish school, care for his family, and maintain his commitment to the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He says his program “opened doors to researching Native American health veterans and seeing how that might empower Native American health veterans to become agents of change in their own communities.”

Improving Indigenous health Students at the College of Health Solutions are dedicated to making a difference in Native American communities, where significant health disparities exist.

Learn more about their goals:

Giving back

Honoring tradition

Expanding views of health

Ashley Brock’s parents were first responders on the reservation where she grew up near Tuba City, Arizona. She saw sickness as a part of everyday life. “It wasn’t until I was older that I realized how difficult it is for Indigenous peoples to stay healthy in this modern, American world,” says Brock, a member of both the Navajo and Hopi Nations. Her time as a student in the science of health care delivery program opened her eyes to ways to improve Indigenous health outcomes. Some of her goals for Indigenous communities: Start a medical technical institute; build and restore recreation centers for physical health; and create partnerships to take on housing, employment and food insecurity. “I know many of my goals may not be accomplished by myself; however, if I can empower others to build on my vision, I know the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples will continue to prosper for generations to come, and this is all I ever hope for,” Brock says.

Daphne Leonard grew up surrounded by Diné culture and tradition. Her grandmother was a medicine woman, and Daphne observed her build a relationship with her patients on a strong foundation of trust and compassion. Her presence inspired Daphne to pursue a career in health. “My experiences growing up have always included the importance of being balanced physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually,” she says. “All of the teachings that were instilled in me as a child were exercises to my overall well-being and habits that would benefit me for a lifetime.”

Kamellia Kellywood earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences (healthy lifestyles coaching) and added a minor in American Indian studies. Her interest in health goes back to a mother who encouraged her to pursue a career with numerous job opportunities. But her interest in health goes beyond the practical and into the passion. She says, “One major impact I would like to have is to inform people about what Indigenous health is and why it is important to have that understanding rather than just a Western view. I would like to be an Indigenous researcher contributing to science to help decolonize data and use Indigenous methodologies in potential research areas that are important.” Kamellia is an Indigenous Health Ambassador with the College of Health Solutions and is helping to build stronger connections with Indigenous communities.

“Working together, we can help to shift the focus on health from a sickness model to a wellness model and address all of the factors to enable our populations to be healthy and stay healthy.” — Deborah Helitzer, ScD Dean and professor, College of Health Solutions

What health problem do you want to solve? To improve health outcomes across communities, we need help from people of all ages and all backgrounds. People like you — people who can bring their own experiences and perspectives to the work we’re doing.

You’ll be part of a college that values: ∙ Translational science ∙ Collaboration and teamwork ∙ Equity and inclusion ∙ Agility and accountability ∙ Integrity and honesty ∙ Health and respect

Your voice has power. Students are encouraged to join our College Council or serve on the college’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council to advocate for social justice and cultural issues that aim to improve the health and vitality of our college community for everyone.

Help us reimagine health for all.

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