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Center for Global Urban Sustainability


Building a healthier society hinges not simply on medical care but largely on what we do beyond health care system. It means developing systems and processes that influence economic opportunity, human development, living condition and environment, community network, and individual lifestyle factors. Two essential threads are interwoven in this fabric of health sciences, namely system approach and quality in terms of health impact. For each determinants of health, the inputs and their quality drive the process that in turn impacts the overall quality of the outputs. This system approach allows identification of drivers and their moderators and/or mediators for attaining desirable outcomes and assurance of their quality. Across the entire spectrum then, individual determinants are to be systematically integrated to ensure the health of the society through a regulatory process. To build such a strategic platform for addressing health, CGUS supports research in the areas of building infrastructure of local health departments for their preparedness for public health accreditation and modeling for delivering patient-centered care.

Collaborating Partners

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

  • Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH Professor of Medicine, Stanford University. Professor Milstein directs the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC). The Center is a collaboration of the Schools of Medicine, Engineering and Business to design and test new health care delivery models that both lower per capita health care spending and improve clinical outcomes. His career and ongoing research is focused on acceleration of clinical service innovations that improve the societal value of health care.
  • Edmund R. Becker, Ph.D. Professor of Health Policy and Management, Emory School of Public Health.
  • Public Health Performance Improvement and Accreditation

    Understanding the barriers for local health departments to participation in accreditation in Indiana. This is a collaboration with Indiana Public Health, Public Health Bloomington, and the Polis Center at IUPUI. The prior survey was conducted by the Indiana Public Health Association and in 2013, 71 local health jurisdictions completed the survey. There were 13 local health departments that responded to date that have not participated. The findings of this research will promote a deeper and longer-term understanding of Indiana local health department pursuit of accreditation.

  • Jerry King, MPH Director, Indiana Public Health Association.
  • Beth Meyerson, M.Div.,Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Co-Director, Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana University School of Public Health, Bloomington
  • JoBeth Ann McCarthy-Jean, MPH Director, Indiana Public Health Practice Council, Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indianapolis