- Center for Health Engineering Research

Center for Health Engineering Research

Associate University Research Chair: Walker Ladd, PhD

The Health Paradigm

In 1948, The World Health Organization (WHO) defined health as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." In this way, the Center for Health Engineering Research (CHER) purposes scholarly initiatives that explore and promote the design, delivery, and access to the full spectrum of physical, mental and social well-being.

The mission of CHER includes three core components:

  1. CHER seeks to promote solution-based scholarship regarding the design, delivery, and access to healthcare systems.

  2. CHER seeks to expand health research beyond the traditional silos within the healthcare system to support research projects that further the understanding of environmental, public, community, workplace, first responder, military, family, and individual health and wellness.

  3. CHER seeks scholarship that promotes mental health and psychological well-being as integral components of health in the public and private sectors. 

The Center for Health Engineering Research (CHER)  invites faculty, students, and alumni to develop innovative health research expanding current paradigms of physical and mental health, wellness, and healthcare system functioning. 

As part of an advanced community of scholars, CHER affiliates review, dialog, and participate in a variety of activities aimed at promoting health research within the University and increasing access to scholarly publication and engagement. CHER faculty can serve as research affiliates, serving on the advisory board, or as one of the selected Research Fellows for the Center. Affiliates have the opportunity to share writing and research through multiple platforms found on the CHER site, such as research blogs, book reviews, research reviews, and SIG development. 

Contact CHER today to discuss your ideas and research. 

 


Center for Health Engineering and Research

Mission and Vision

CHER Mission

The mission of CHER includes three core components: 

  1. CHER seeks to promote solution-based scholarship regarding the design, delivery, and access to healthcare systems 
  2. CHER seeks to expand health research beyond the traditional silos within the healthcare system to support research projects that further the understanding of environmental, public, community, workplace, first responder, military, family, and individual health and wellness
  3. CHER seeks scholarship that promotes mental health and psychological well-being as integral components of health in the public and private sectors. 

CHER Vision

To expand the current paradigm of health, wellness, and healthcare through scholarship, leadership, and education.

 

Contact CHER today to join the CHER team.

 


Center for Health Engineering and Research

Purpose and Goals

CHER Purpose and Goals

To promote Center scholarship aimed at unpacking the epistemological nature of health, it was necessary to align the mission and vision with the principles of scholarship set forth by the University Research Hub. In this way, the CHER mission and vision are purposed to move forward on its new agenda, while maintaining its purpose as a Research Center. Based on Dean of Research, Dr. McCaslin’s presentation of Boyer’s (1990) Domains of Scholarship, CHER’s purpose promotes scholarship that serves one or more of the following goals:

Goal 1: Discovery

CHER addresses the epistemological question, what is true, through supporting research that transforms disease-based paradigm of healthcare that creates barriers to care into constructs of health and wellness across the lifespan, including mental health.

Holding an Empirical Purpose: Researching the Constructs of Health and Wellness Across the Lifespan

Goal 2: Application

CHER serves the community of healthcare practitioners, administrators, and educators with the pragmatic purpose of putting knowledge to work in the world. We support collaborative scholarship between academics and practitioners in order to co-create practical applications of knowledge across the fullest spectrum of health and wellness, including mental health.

Holding a Pragmatic Purpose: Researching Through the Healthcare Practitioner-Scholar

Goal 3: Integration

The ontological question of what is good directs CHER’s mission to support health research addressing communities of need, including communities of color, LGBTQ2A, homeless, women and infants, immigrants, and the elderly. CHER recognizes the need of underserved populations, and actively engages in interdisciplinary research among the fields of health science. Among the health science disciplines, we seek collaboration with scholars among the public health, environmental health and justice, community-based health, mental health, family health, and military health sectors.

Holding an Interdependent Purpose: Researching the Public Health for the Public Good

Goal 4: Teaching

CHER answers the axiological question, what is valuable, through supporting research that values and promotes health education. Through advancing health education research, students gain access to dynamic best practices that serve their professional goals.

Holding an Educational Purpose: Researching Health Education

 

Contact CHER today to join the CHER team.


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Areas Of Research Interest

Access to Healthcare Healthcare Systems Healthcare Management Mental Health