Center for Global Health

Putting People First

The promise of global health requires us to address some of the most complex and difficult challenges facing humans. From water insecurity to obesity, sustainable solutions will need to address not just the medical, but also the social, cultural, political, ecological and economic challenges we face in a globalized era. Our research, training, and outreach efforts in global health are about understanding and supporting communities confronting global health challenges. Located in the school that has the nation’s foremost research-intensive anthropology program gives us a unique means to build the global health solutions that put people first.

Our Center Theme 2021-2022

Deep History and Community Joy
A group of people is gathered in a circle

Each year our center pushes forward one ground-breaking and important theme that we believe can reinvent and reimagine how we do global health. This year we are also considering how what we have already learned in global health can help reimagine other areas of knowledge production and application too. 

In working on post-COVID lives, it seemed fitting that our 2021-22 annual theme would embrace how we can advance the most positive aspects of human wellbeing – joy, connection, purpose and meaning. Under the lead of archaeologist Kathryn Ranhorn of ASU’s world-renowned Institute of Human Origins, and connecting our dual expertise in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change on human origins/archaeology and human dimensions of health, we are identifying, developing, and testing new and innovative models of how co-created knowledge of human deep history can enhance community wellbeing.

  • How might already well-developed and tested models for community-based health research that value co-creation, like community-based participatory research, be applicable to knowledge production in studies of deep human pasts?
  • Can we identify which ways of studying the deep past of a place bring the most joy, connection, purpose, and meaning to communities living there now?

The center will be innovating and testing models through academic and community dialogs, workshops, project design, trainings and publications.