Center for Sustainable Health
The Center for Sustainable Health (CSH) was established in 2009 at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute thanks to the generous financial support of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Our mission is to sustain health through the prevention and early detection of disease to improve health outcomes at lower costs.
We believe that health systems must shift their current focus from expensive and ineffective late-stage disease response toward more outcome-based and cost-effective prevention and early intervention strategies. In light of rapidly aging populations and increased incidence of lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases, behavioral interventions have become a high priority for health systems around the globe.
In addition to our original focus on the role of molecular diagnostics for early detection through our Global Biosignatures Network, recent advances in information technology and sophisticated but inexpensive data capture devices, such as biosensors, promise to dramatically improve our ability to detect, diagnose and prevent disease. As a global community, we can build on that shared human experience to validate and implement effective, evidence-based solutions that will sustain health for us, our children and generations to come.
Through our Project HoneyBee, we leverage our extensive experience in the careful validation of biomarkers for clinical application with a parallel methodology aimed at the utilization of physiological metrics obtained from wearable biosensors to address key clinical problems. The ability to continuously record physiological parameters bring us closer to pinpointing the transition from health to disease, which enables us to intervene more effectively for improved health outcomes at a reduced cost. To accomplish this goal, we enlist ASU's considerable multidisciplinary resources, while partnering with health systems such as the Mayo Clinic and Banner Healthcare in the United States and with Chang Gung University and Hospital system in Taiwan.
Additional key initiatives include Solving for X, which examines the rapidly approaching demographic transition of momentous global importance, and the Healthy Challenge, a workplace wellness program.