Center for Global Urban Sustanaility
Established in April 2010, Purdue University's Center for Global Urban Sustainability: Ensuring Sustainable Health among Underserved (CGUS-ESHAUS) aims to develop, through community-based studies, working models for sustaining the health and wellbeing of underserved populations, including those whose demographic and economic characteristics may impede their access to health care services. Ultimately, the recommendations from these studies being conducted by the center will significantly contribute to increased job opportunities, development of sustainable urban environments, economic empowerment of the underserved population, learning/lifestyle improvement, and literacy enhancement in reading, nutrition, financial and other societal aspects. CGUS-ESHAUS will bring together the interdisciplinary expertise needed to address the challenges of sustaining social determinants of health. These challenges call for complex solutions that take into account the interdependencies created in complex social and economic systems which require an entity such as CGUS-ESHAUS to facilitate the convergence of knowledge from disparate disciplines such as food and nutrition, finance and economics, human development and family studies, nursing, psychology, sociology, public policy, science, engineering and technology advancement. For each challenge addressed by CGUS-ESHAUS researchers, their activities will involve a cycle of discovery, model development informed by evidence-based practice, intervention, assessment and dissemination.