The University of Notre Dame is home to a strong and growing community of faculty, students, and staff who are advancing health-related research, scholarship, and policy. The Notre Dame Community Health and Clinical Partnerships (CHCP) was created to focus current efforts and to seek new opportunities to connect individual research programs to broad, significant, and emerging health-related challenges.
Through many conversations with faculty and external stakeholders, we heard a near universal calling for Notre Dame to commit to improving the health and well-being of the marginalized and underserved. Additionally, global technological advances, emerging national trends, and the University's unique strengths point toward a Notre Dame focus on home-based and holistic, personalized approaches to serve the marginalized. Consistent with the University's research mission, the CHCP aims to fulfill this vision by:
- Discovering, collecting, and creating new understanding, information, insights, methods, and inventions that enable individualized well-being; and
- Working for the equitable use, distribution, and application of these data, tools, and approaches.
This vision requires integrative approaches that understand the full range of good health and well-being, including social, physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, and environmental determinants and outcomes. Further, its achievement requires increased collaborations with a significant network of clinical, governmental, and industrial partners.
This vision encompasses a wide range of CHCP activities in research, scholarship and education programs, such as:
- Successful aging-in-place
- Wearable and point-of-care technologies
- Healthy architectural design
- Secure and portable data platforms
- Biosensor networks
- Health-related behaviors
- Healthcare economics and policies
- Transportation and mobility issues
- Post-genomic testing
- Spiritual well-being
- New drug development
- Familial support systems
- Differing cultural and historical approaches to health
- Changing climate impacts
- Last-mile challenges in delivering innovations to those unable to afford them
By studying challenges like these, and developing solutions to them, Notre Dame can lead a future in which health and well-being are increasingly individualized and conducted outside of clinical settings, particularly for the benefit of the marginalized and underserved.