Center for Social Design

Impact Inititiatives

Impact Initiatives are long-term, funded, multi-year projects and initiatives designed to deepen our engagement with outside partners and our commitment to shifting the power structures and relationships that enable systemic injustice and inequity at a local, national and international level.

Current partners and projects include:

  • Cochlear Center for Hearing and Public Health (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health): The Center for Social Design is a part of a multi-year initiative with the Cochlear Center focused on optimizing the health and functioning of an aging society around hearing and access to hearing care.
  • People Who Look Like Me (Baltimore City Health Department): The Center for Social Design is continuing it's nearly decade-long collaboration with the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) on an initiative with the Bureau of HIV/STD Services exploring ways to reduce stigma related to HIV/AIDS and engage and aid community around HIV prevention and care regardless of status.
  • Made You Look (Maryland Department of Transportation): The Center for Social Design has received multi-year funding from the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) - Highway Safety Office, for collaboration with community partners focused on promoting behavioral change for pedestrian and bicycle safety in Baltimore.
  • Patient Safety Learning Lab (Johns Hopkins Medicine): The Center for Social Design has received support through a four-year collaboration (2019-2023) with partners at Johns Hopkins Medicine to co-create a Connected Emergency Care (CEC) Patient Safety Learning Lab to reduce health and financial harms caused by a fragmented and disconnected emergency care system. With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the collaboration aims to address challenges in emergency care, particularly for the most vulnerable populations who increasingly depend upon the emergency room (ER) for primary care.
  • PROMOTE (Johns Hopkins School of Nursing): The Center for Social Design is a part of a multi-year initiative, funded through a National Institutes of Health P30 grant, with the PROMOTE (Promoting Resilience in Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions) Center, focused on promoting person-centered, community-focused care methods supporting patients with multiple chronic conditions.