Our collaborations in public health, healthcare and medicine focus on shifting relationships to reduce disparities in health access, inequity, and stigma, and on understanding issues related to broader social determinants of health.
Over the past decade, our Design & Health Initiative has demonstrated new ways of embedding designers and integrating the human-centered design process into the ongoing work of a variety of partners in public health, healthcare, and medicine.
In 2019, the Center for Social Design was awarded a $1million endowment gift to expand and sustain our pioneering work at the intersection of design and public health. A generous commitment from philanthropist George L. Bunting, Jr. enabled the Center to secure matching funds from the Maryland E-Nnovation Initiative Fund (MEIF), a state program created to attract and retain top innovation talent and to spur research in scientific and technical fields at colleges and universities. The endowment gift will generate partial funding to sustain and scale our work in design and health.