Social Embeddedness

Recognizing community partners and ASU faculty, staff and students

President's Medal for Social Embeddedness

The President's Medal for Social Embeddedness at Arizona State University is an award given to individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the community through their work or research.

This award recognizes recipients for designing and facilitating new models for positive university-community collaborations. Social embeddedness is one of ASU’s nine design aspirations, encompassing new ways of thinking about how ASU and communities can partner in mutually beneficial ways. Socially embedded projects or programs may be related to one or more of the following actions:

  • Capacity building: Enable ASU and community organizations and institutions to become strong and effective by providing opportunities for mutual support, training and access to resources and information.
  • Civic engagement: Cultivate an environment that encourages faculty, staff, students and the community to actively and responsibly engage in issues of public importance throughout their lifetime.
  • Community-based teaching and learning: Involve faculty, staff, students and the community in discovery, solving problems or maximizing learning and growing opportunities.
  • Knowledge exchange: Build bridges between the university and community by translating groundbreaking research into accessible and meaningful information that the public can use and working with partners to leverage knowledge and expertise as we work together to tackle complex issues.
  • Use-inspired research: Advance relevant inquiry by leveraging community input, knowledge and needs.

If you are interested in learning more about all of the President's Awards, please visit the ASU Business and Finance website.

Award Winners

Program Details of Award Recipients

2023: ASU Helios Decision Center for Educational Excellence

The ASU Helios Decision Center for Educational Excellence catalyzes innovative collaborations with students, school leaders and communities across Arizona. Their postsecondary initiative includes four key projects to increase college access and attainment:

  • Enabling communities to set college-going goals with the high school outcomes visualization.
  • Giving schools feedback on preparation for college-going through postsecondary feedback reports and visualizations.
  • Reaching students through proactive personalized admission.
  • Sharing the expertise of teachers through the first cohort of the ASU Impact Corps.

“This is a fantastic project in which we're attempting to use every tool, every insight, every perspective, every technology to help more kids in Arizona to graduate from high school, to go on to postsecondary education, to find a pathway to overcome whatever the past is,” Crow said.

“We’re working with more than 200 school districts across the state, working to take care of young people so that they can really have access to whatever they want.”

ASU Partners


  • ASU Admissions
  • Educational Outreach & Student Services
  • ASU Prep/ASU Prep Digital
  • ASU Decision Theater
  • Office of Applied Innovation
  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • ASU President’s Office


Community Partners

  • Helios Education Foundation
  • Arizona Department of Education (ADE)
  • AZ Transfer
  • Various Community College Presidents and Chancellors
  • Phoenix Union High School District
  • Be A Leader Foundation
  • Chandler Unified School District
  • Education Forward Arizona
  • Arizona School Administrators
  • Rural School Association
  • Personalized Admission partner school districts
  • NAU Admissions
  • University of Arizona Admissions


2023: Maryvale One Square Mile Initiative

The Maryvale One Square Mile Initiative began through a donation by ASU donors Mike and Cindy Watts, who grew up in Maryvale. The initiative aims to facilitate collaborative efforts between the university and the Maryvale community to address complex community issues and promote comprehensive change. The work is focused on leveraging university resources to support the community’s hopes and dreams for themselves and their families. In addition, all projects are focused on providing opportunities for:

  • ASU students, faculty and staff to learn about the community and use best practices for authentic community engagement based on community voice.
  • Increased collaboration and connection between youth service providers in Maryvale.
  • Increased youth participation in extracurricular activities in sports, arts and culture.

“If you just took one square mile of a neighborhood, or you took the core of a neighborhood, could you, through all of the things that we do, find pathways for the outcomes of that community to be enhanced or the pathways for the people that live in that community to be enhanced?” Crow said. “That's what this team has been working on, under the assumption that if you can do that in one neighborhood, then (you can do that in) the next neighborhood, then the next neighborhood, then the next neighborhood, and the next neighborhood, particularly picking complicated, socioeconomically complicated neighborhoods to start with.”

ASU Partners

  • Global Launch
  • Thrive Lab
  • ASU Enterprise Technology
  • Barrett, The Honors College
  • Humanities Lab
  • Morrison Institute for Public Policy
  • School of Community Resources and
    DevelopmentPastor Center for Politics and Public
  • ASU recruiters/staff from various colleges

Community Partners

  • Watts Family YMCA
  • Boys and Girls Club- Jerry Colangelo
  • Valleywise Health
  • St Vincent de Paul Catholic School
  • Desert West Community Center, City of
  • Isaac School District
  • Maryvale High School, Phoenix Union High School District
  • Heart of Isaac Community Center
  • Cartwright School District


2023: Targeted Investments Program Quality Improvement Collaborative

Arizona has some of the greatest health disparities in the nation for health care outcomes, life expectancy and quality of life. The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, or AHCCCS, is the Arizona Medicaid Program that provides health insurance coverage for more than 2.5 million of Arizona's highest-risk and underserved populations. The ASU College of Health Solutions team partnered with AHCCCS to help improve equity for Medicaid patients. This was accomplished by building capacity with 17 hospital systems, more than 570 primary care and behavioral health clinics, five law enforcement agencies, as well as over 2,000 physicians and behavioral health experts and their patients throughout Arizona.

“In Arizona, we’re still in the bottom third of states in terms of our health outcomes,” Crow said. “During the pandemic, we ranked second in per capita deaths for lots of different reasons, all of which are exemplars of the problems that we have. (This team) is helping us figure out how to attack this problem. … So, I just want to say thank you on behalf of the university and the people of Arizona for continuing to work on big issues and big audacious problems like this one.”

ASU Partners

  • College of Health Solutions (CHS)
  • Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
    Center for Health Information Research (CHiR)

Community Partners

  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
  • Mercy Care
  • Copa Health
  • Banner Health
  • La Frontera
  • Contexture






2022: ASU Bridging Success

The ASU Bridging Success program is to support students who have experienced foster care, homelessness, or other forms of out-of-home care. The program aims to assist these students in successfully transitioning to and thriving in higher education.

The Bridging Success program provides a range of comprehensive support services to help students navigate various challenges they may face. These services include academic advising, financial assistance, housing resources, life skills development, mentorship programs, and access to community networks. The program aims to address both the academic and non-academic needs of students to ensure their success and well-being throughout their college journey.

ASU Partners

  • First Star ASU Academy
  • ASU Prep Digital
  • ASU Foundation
  • Housing
  • Admissions & Transfer Specialist
  • Financial Aid
  • ASU School of Social Work
  • Center for Child Wellbeing
  • Opportunities for Youth


Community Partners

  • Permanency and YouthServices Manager
  • Arizona Department of Child Safety
  • Statewide Independent LivingCoordinator
  • Education Specialists
  • Arizona Department of Education
  • Foster Care EducationCoordinator
  • Maricopa County Community CollegeDistrict
  • University of Arizona
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Pima County Community College
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Children /Keys to Success
  • Foster 360 / Helen’s Hope Chest
  • Children’s Action Alliance
  • Onward Hope
  • Foster Care to Success
  • FosterEd
  • Children’s Action Alliance
  • College Depot
  • Arizona Free Arts
  • NorthStar 

2022: Libraries as Community Hubs for Citizen Science

ASU's Libraries as Community Hubs for Citizen Science program leverages the resources and expertise available within the university's libraries to facilitate citizen science projects. These libraries serve as spaces where community members can access scientific tools, data, and information, as well as receive guidance and support for their participation in citizen science initiatives.

The program may offer various services and activities, including:

  1. Workshops and training: Libraries may organize workshops and training sessions to educate community members about citizen science, research methodologies, and data collection techniques.
  2. Project facilitation: The program may assist in connecting community members with ongoing citizen science projects, both at ASU and beyond. They can help individuals navigate projects, access relevant resources, and contribute to research efforts.
  3. Data management and analysis: Libraries can provide support in data management, analysis, and interpretation, ensuring that collected data is properly stored, analyzed, and utilized for scientific purposes.
  4. Collaboration and networking: The program may facilitate collaborations between community members, researchers, and organizations involved in citizen science, fostering a network of individuals with shared interests and goals.

2022: Project Cities

Project Cities program aims to connect communities with ASU students and faculty to collaborate on projects that address real-world challenges.

The program involves partnerships between ASU and local governments, where students and faculty work with community stakeholders to develop innovative solutions for various issues. These challenges can range from sustainability and urban planning to transportation and social equity. ASU's Project Cities initiative provides a valuable learning experience for students while also benefiting the partner communities.

ASU Partners

  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • Access ASU–Educational Outreach
  • Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning (CIISL)
  • College of Health Solutions
  • Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
  • Sidney Poitier New American Film School 
  • ASU Gallery of Scientific Exploration
  • Biodesign Institute
  • Grace Center for Innovation in Nursing Education
  • Nanotechnology Enabled WaterTreatment (NEWT) Center

Community Partners

  • Burundi-America Association for Humanities and Opportunities (BAAHO)
  • Syrian Community Service Center
  • Mwangaza Wa Upendo (Congolese)
  • Somali American United Council of Arizona (SAUC)
  • Refugees & Immigrants Community forEmpowerment (RICE)
  • The Welcome to America Project

2022: STEM and Social Capital: Advancing Families through Learning and Doing

Advancing Families through Learning and Doing (SSCAFLD), brings together seven ASU colleges/schools, ASU Outreach, and four local ethnic community-based organizations(ECBOs). ECBOs referred as“refugee organizations” and our partner ECBOs serve the local Burundian, Congolese, Somali, Syrian communities. SSCAFLD focuses on developing the STEM career aspirations of students in grades7-12 who have refugee backgrounds. SSCAFLD works to achieve its goals through parents and their children learning and engaging inexperiences together. SSCAFLD activities include families

  • Participating in a “college knowledge” program led by trained community leaders,
  • Engaging in STEM career activities facilitated by ASU faculty and students
  • Visiting ASU campuses on STEM-focused field trips,
  • Discussing videos featuring STEM professionals who were refugees; plus students
  • Connecting with STEM mentors drawn from their own communities,
  • Creating digital stories depicting their future STEM selves.

ASU Partners

  • Burundi-America Association for Humanities and Opportunities (BAAHO)
  • Syrian Community Service Center
  • Mwangaza Wa Upendo (Congolese)
  • Somali American United Council of Arizona (SAUC)
  • Refugees & Immigrants Community forEmpowerment (RICE)
  • The Welcome to America Project

Community Partners

  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning (CIISL)
  • School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences
  • Ira Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • School for the Future of Innovation in Society (SFIS)
  • College of Health Solutions
  • Access, Sidney Poitier New American Film School
  • ASU Gallery of Scientific Exploration
  • Nanotechnology
  • Enabled WaterTreatment (NEWT) Center
  • Biodesign Institute
  •  Grace Center for Innovation in Nursing

2022: ASU Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is an initiative that brings together college students and incarcerated individuals to engage in transformative learning experiences inside correctional facilities. Through this program, college students attend classes alongside incarcerated students, creating a unique and inclusive learning environment.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program promotes personal growth, critical thinking, and social responsibility among all participants. It also aims to raise awareness about issues related to the criminal justice system and create positive social change through education.

2021: Guadalupe COVID-19 Community Response Team

The Guadalupe COVID-19 Community Response Team, formed in June 2020, brings together ASU faculty, staff, students and community partners to lessen the impact of COVID-19 in Guadalupe. The team provides a wide range of services designed to slow the spread of the virus and serve those in need. During the team’s time working in the community, rates of new cases in Guadalupe have declined from 5.5 times higher than the Maricopa County average to be in line with the rest of the county.

A field epidemiology group of more than 250 ASU students, staff and volunteers conducts case investigations and contact tracing seven days per week in Maricopa County. Jehn’s Student Outbreak Response Team, which has operated as a hands-on training program for global health students for the past six years, quickly pivoted and expanded to a large rapid-response team during the initial surge in COVID-19 cases. The team deployed to Guadalupe and has completed hundreds of case interviews there.

The Community Response Team also provides at-home testing; vaccination events; support for those isolating; culturally, linguistically and geographically appropriate health education; and a weekly community food drive. The team has supported more than 300 households through home isolation, conducted door-to-door case investigations and contact tracing, and engaged students and community volunteers to provide a surge public health workforce.

ASU Partners 

  • Megan Jehn; School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • Jasmine Truong, Laura Meyer, Tim Dennehy, Kim Prete, Jennifer Jackman, Gloria Karirirwe

Community Partners 

  • Maricopa County Department of Public Health, 
  • Town of Guadalupe
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe 
  • Native Health

2021: School Participatory Budgeting

As School Participatory Budget (School PB) engages K–12 students in deliberation and decision-making processes concerning school budgets, the initiative also nurtures collaboration, problem-solving skills and critical thinking. School PB in Arizona empowers historically underrepresented students and communities, with the majority of participating schools receiving federal funding under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

In the School PB process, students form a student steering committee whose members fan out on their campuses to gather hundreds (sometimes thousands) of ideas from classmates about what their school needs and what it might take to fulfill those needs. The ideas are researched to decide how feasible they may be.

Then a final list of proposals is prepared and sent to a ballot in a campus election where students decide which one should receive funding. Finally, students decide how the proposal with the most votes should be implemented and write an evaluation process to gauge how well it will work over time.

Students who are eligible to vote in actual federal and state elections are given the opportunity to register in the next one at School PB Vote Days through community partnerships with the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office and local voter registration groups.

ASU Partners

  • Daniel Schugurensky, Tara Bartlett, Madison Rock; Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Community Partners 

  • Kristi Tate; Center for the Future of Arizona
  • Participatory Governance Inititative 
  • Maricopa County Recorder’s Office

2021: Thrive in the 05

Thrive in the 05 initially was established in 2017 to help connect community members to holistically address safety concerns in the area but quickly expanded to seek out the root drivers of crime and improve social determinants of community health.

Since then, the office’s staff and its community partnerships have expanded the initiative’s focus to include efforts to develop high-quality affordable housing, increased educational opportunities, more options to achieve greater economic mobility and increased access to livable-wage career opportunities, Through partnerships, ‘Thrive in the 05’ has been able to reactivate neighborhood associations and engage in creative placemaking initiatives relating to improving and revitalizing neighborhoods and parks.Several interventions also promote youth empowerment toward eliminating substance abuse and foster resiliency through training in wellness skills.

Thrive in the 05 also includes a digital equity project designed to bring internet access to more 85705 residents as well as help older adults achieve digital literacy through technology training and support.

ASU Partners

  • Mary-Ellen Brown, PhD
  • Valerie Sanchez
  • Nadia Roubicek
  • Anna Gastelum
  • Arnie Bermudez
  • Mattea Pezza
  • Bianca Levario
  • Robert Purvis
  • Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Community Partners 

  • City of Tucson 
  • Pima College 

2020: Survivor Link

Survivor Link is a team of ASU educators, students, faculty members, and community volunteers who work under the guidance of the AmeriCorps mission "to strengthen communities and build leaders through team-based national and community service." 

Survivor Link takes a multi-pronged approach to end the epidemic of domestic violence, through providing direct services to domestic violence survivors, building capacity in organizations that serve survivors, conducting research to better meet the needs of survivors, and promoting healthy relationships and domestic violence prevention in the community. 

Survivor Link has engaged 340 ASU student interns in service-learning opportunities. These students have been trained as victim advocates, engaged in over 186,000 hours of service across 70 community partners, earned nearly $1.2 million in scholarship funding from Survivor Link, and implemented 961 risk-informed safety plans with domestic violence survivors.

Survivor Link has also provided training on the most up-to-date, evidence-based practices to over 1,000 community-based professionals.

ASU Partners 

  • ASU - Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy
  • ASU Center for Child Well-Being
  • ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research


Community Partners 

  • A New Leaf
  • A Shelter Without Walls
  • A-Making Changes
  • Against Abuse
  • Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels
  • Arizona Behavioral Health Center
  • Arizona Center for Youth Resources
  • Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV)
  • Arizona South Asian for Safe Families
  • Banner University Medical Center Phoenix
  • Boy to Men Tucson
  • Catholic Charities Community Services
  • Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona Inc.
  • Chicanos Por La Causa
  • Chrysalis
  • City of Phoenix Housing Department
  • Community Alliance Against Family Abuse
  • De Colores
  • The Haven Tucson
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Theresa's Fund
  • Tucson Unified School District
  • United Methodist Outreach Ministries
  • Washington Elementary School District
  • Yavapai Family Advocacy Center
  • Surprise Arizona Victim Services
  • Tempe CARE 7


Community Partners 

  • Deer Valley Unified School District
  • Donna K. Evans Foundation
  • Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
  • Eve's Place
  • Everybody Matters
  • First Place
  • Florence Immigrant Refugee Rights Project
  • Gilbert Police Department
  • Glendale Fire Department
  • Homeward Bound
  • Hope's Crossing
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Kaity's Way
  • Kingman Aid to Abused People
  • Maggie's Place
  • Mesa Public Schools
  • New Life Center
  • Office of the Pinal County Attorney 
  • Paradise Valley Unified School District
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • Phoenix Fire Dept Community Assistance Program
  • Positive Paths
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Sharon Manor
  • Sister Jose Women’s Center
  • Soujourner Center
  • Southwest Behavioral & Health Services
  • Starfish Place
  • Student Health Outreach for Wellness


 2019: ¡Viva Maryvale!

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes disproportionately affect Latino children, families and communities. ¡Viva Maryvale! is a solution-oriented, multilevel, multisector collaborative approach that leverages individual, social, cultural and community-level resources to support health promotion and diabetes prevention among high-risk Latino families living in Maryvale, Arizona.

¡Viva Maryvale! brings together a network of collaborating partners that include the ASU Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, the St. Vincent de Paul Family Wellness Program, the Watts Family Maryvale YMCA, the Maryvale branch of Mountain Park Health Center, and the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program at the Arizona Department of Health Services. 

By developing a shared mission and vision, ¡Viva Maryvale! enhanced the collective capacity of the partners to address diabetes-related disparities among vulnerable and underserved families in Maryvale. The impact of the enhanced capacity is substantiated by significant reductions in diabetes risk factors and increases in quality of life among participating families. A paper describing the development, implementation, and results of ¡Viva Maryvale! was published in the January 2019 issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

ASU Partners 

  • Gabriel Shaibi, Erica Basco, Jessica Camacho, Chris Gonzalez, Neeku Navabi, Armando Pena, Arlene Ramos, Erica Soltero Allison Williams; Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Community Partners 

  • Omar Contreras, Teresa Manygoats, Addey Rascon and Wayne Tormala; Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Maria Isabella Munoz- Community Member 
  • Anna Alonzo, Dignity Health
  • Uriel Castaneda, Alexa Diaz, Valentina Hernandez, Jenny Mendez, Marta Ormeno, Crystal Ramos, Saray Vera and Ugonna Woods; Mountain Park Health Center
  • Monica Parsai; Saguaro Evaluation Group 
  • Maria Gonzalez, Monica Gutierrez, Elva Hooker, Yolanda Konopken, Elvia Lish and Maria Silva; St. Vincent de Paul 
  • Libby Corral, Karen Davis, Nayeli Quiroz and Heidi Wildy; Watts Family Maryvale YMCA

2018: ASU Polytechnic - The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students Inc. North Desert Village Project

ASU Facilities Development and Management at the Polytechnic Campus, in partnership with the Austin Centers for Exceptional Students (ACES), developed a mentorship program for students with autism, emotional disabilities and intellectual disabilities. Students worked alongside ASU grounds staff to beautify two acres of common area in North Desert Village. ACES designed a structured lesson plan for students to follow while ASU grounds staff provided mentorship and guidance to students. Through the groundwork and mentorship, students learned vocational skills and life lessons in responsibility, accountability and leadership, preparing them for the workplace after they have left school.


ASU Partners

  • ASU Polytechnic Campus


Community Partners

  • Austin Centers for Exceptional Students (ACES)

2018: America Reads

The ASU America Reads Program partners with community organizations to offer tutoring to children from kindergarten through eighth grade who are living in low-income areas. Children are matched with an ASU student as their academic tutor and college role model, who helps them develop skills in time management, positive decision-making and self-esteem. ASU students are responsible for facilitating programs and activities that correspond to the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards in reading, writing and math. ASU students obtain real-world job skills while tutoring and increasing academic opportunities for children in the community.


ASU Partners

  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College


Community Partners

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
  • Salvation Army Phoenix Citadel Corp 
  • Kenilworth Elementary School 
  • Phoenix Elementary School District
  • Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
  • Phoenix South Mountain 
  • Armstrong Family Foundation

 2017: CarePRO: Care Partners Reaching Out

CarePRO is an evidence-based, psycho-educational skills-building intervention for family caregivers of people with dementia. It fosters caregiver empowerment and reduces caregiver stress and distress and enhances positive coping and emotional well-being. Offered in English and Spanish, CarePRO has been successfully embedded into local Alzheimer’s Association chapters across Arizona and Nevada since 2009.

Findings show over 95 percent of CarePRO participants saying they benefitted from the program with an increased understanding of memory loss and its effects on people, gained greater confidence in dealing with their loved one's problems and developed an enhanced ability to provide care.

ASU Partners

  • David Coon; Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Community Partners 

  • Desert Southwest & Northern Nevada chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Division of Aging & Adult Services
  • Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health
  • Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division

2016: FitPHX Energy Zones: A Partnership for Health

One of the most successful of these projects is FitPHX Energy Zones. Developed in partnership with the Phoenix Mayor’s Office and the Department of Parks and Recreation, FitPHX Energy Zones repurpose the city’s public libraries as spaces where kids can go after school to learn from ASU student interns about nutrition and healthy living.

Energy Zones offers two free weekly sessions for middle school students that cover a wide range of topics, including fitness, nutrition, portion size, body image and stigma. The participants gather to get active, make friends and form healthy habits.

The Energy Zones are facilitated by ASU interns who are typically majoring in global health, nutrition or other related fields. There are three interns per site who help plan icebreakers, discussion topics, activities, a snack and a “challenge” for the coming week.

ASU Partners

  • School of Human Evolution and Social Change
  • College of Health Solutions

Community Partners

  • Mayo Clinic 
  • Maricopa County Department of Public Health
  • Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Phoenix Mayor’s Office


2015: University Service-Learning

This program connects ASU students with community agencies through academic coursework. Students in these courses complete 70-100 hours serving non-profits, high-needs schools and government organizations in the greater Phoenix area.

ASU Partners

  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

2015: Your Sleep/Your Life: Su Sueño/Su Vida

ASU has been collaborating with the University of Guanajuato for more than 10 years in the area of research and capacity building. This partnership received the 2015 ASU President's Medal for Social Embeddedness for the Your Sleep/Your Life project. A bi-national team from the ASU College of Nursing and Health Innovation and community partners from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Harvard Division of Sleep Medicine and the University of Guanajuato, successfully developed, implemented and evaluated an evidence-based bilingual (English/Spanish) sleep health training program tested with ‘promotores’ (Hispanic lay health workers), ASU nursing students, and health professionals in Mexico. The team continues to evaluate and expand the sleep training program to assist with binational capacity building of promotores, upgrade sleep learning, assessment and intervention skills in academic and community-based health settings, and support outcomes research for effective community-based and clinical health care delivery.  

ASU Partners

  • Lorely Ambriz, David Coon, Carol M. Baldwin; College of Nursing & Health Innovation 

Community Partners

  • Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization
  • Harvard Division of Sleep Medicine
  • Cipriana Caudillo Cisneros, Carolina C. de la Cruz, Sergio Marquez Gamiño, Luxana Reynaga Ornelas; University of Guanajuato


2014: Nursing Performance Evaluation

A team from Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI), Scottsdale Community College’s (SCC) Nursing Program and the Arizona State Board of Nursing (ASBN) has developed a testing process to support healthcare patient safety by assessing the continued competence of registered nurses.

The team conducted externally funded research evaluating nursing performance in simulation settings and developed a valid and reliable process of testing nurses being investigated for reports of unsafe practice.

Now, participants referred by the ASBN for performance testing provide basic nursing care to lifelike high-fidelity mannequin patients within a realistic healthcare environment in the ASU CONHI or SCC simulation laboratories. Nurse raters review the videotaped care performances and health record documentation.

A summary of the performance findings is delivered to the ASBN investigators for use in case deliberations and remediation plans.

This collaborative Nursing Performance Evaluation process in Arizona serves as a national and international model of evidence-based nursing regulation.

ASU Partners

  • Debra Hagler, Beatrice Kastenbaum, Ruth Brooks, Jill Lockhart, Eric Penn, Janet O'Brien, Denise Goepfert, Teresa Hart, Mary Z. Mays, Dan Weberg; College of Nursing & Health Innovation 

Community Partners

  • Pamela Randolph, Arizona State Board of Nursing
  • Carol Frazier, Janine E. Hinton, Nicholas DeFalco, Kathy Miller; Scottsdale Community College


2013: Improved Nutrition through Arizona Farmers' Markets

Buying ‘local’ from farmers’ markets (FMs) is a fast-growing trend and one of importance for health. FMs may increase access to healthy whole foods, especially in neighborhoods that might otherwise lack them. The Farmers' Markets for Health team partnered with FM managers in underserved communities to identify technology solutions to barriers that limit the use of FMs.

Financial barriers were addressed by implementing wireless card reader terminals in 5 farmer’s markets throughout Arizona, which increased both overall sales and use of food assistance program benefits. Second, non-financial barriers were addressed by assisting FM shoppers in identifying factors that enhanced or detracted from the FM experience using an electronic tablet-based environmental assessment tool to capture 'real-time' perceptions of the market. These projects successfully engaged faculty, staff, students, and community partners across 4 ASU departments, in 2 different ASU schools and campuses, and were embedded in 5 distinct Arizona communities.

The wireless terminals continue to be used at participating FMs, and findings from the environmental assessments are informing how marketing managers design and promote the use of their markets. Collectively, these projects contribute to increased access to healthy foods for low-income communities in Arizona.

ASU Partners

  • Matthew Buman, Farryl Bertmann, Kristin Fankhauser, Amanda Gordon, Eric Hekler, Jonathan Kurka, Gina Lacagnina, Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, Christopher Wharton; School of Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • Amy Woof, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development

Community Partners

  • Art Babbott, Heather Babbott; Flagstaff Community Market Managers
  • Cindy Gentry, Community Food Consultant
  • Dee Logan, Arizona Community Farmers Market Coordinator

2012: The Teaching Foundations Project

The Teaching Foundations Project is a cross-institutional effort to significantly enhance the preparation of future elementary teachers. This project believes that great learners make great teachers. Through collaboration with the broad educational community of Arizona, ASU’s Teaching Foundations Project provides a pathway for undergraduates to experience rigorous, inquiry-based learning.

In the Teaching Foundations Project, ASU and Arizona community college faculty together create, pilot and implement rich and dynamic learning experiences in five content areas: the arts, English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies. 

ASU Partners

  • Laura B. Turchi, Department of English Hilary Misner, Heidi Blair, Kimberly Beckert, Kenneth Anthony, Keith Wetzel, Michelle E. Jordan, Erica Mitchell, Chris Jordan, Stephen Hopkins, Melissa McGehee; Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College 
  • Ronald Dorn, School of Geographical Science and Urban Planning
  • James Blasingame, Department of English
  • Sandra Stauffer, School of Music
  • Robert Culbertson, Department of Physics
  • Fabio Milner, School of Mathematical & Statistical Sciences
  • Kathy Wigal, Maria Hesse; ASU Office of Academic Partnerships

Community Partners

  • Richard Malena, Maricopa County Community College District Faculty Emeritus
  • Jessica Knapp, Pima Community College Northwest Campus
  • David Morris, Eastern Arizona College
  • Marjorie Schiller, Central Arizona College
  • Nora Amavisca Reyes, Mesa Community College
  • Sharon Fagan, Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Michael Lang, Professional Development Consultant
  • Farzad Mahootian, Professional Development Consultant, New York University

2011: Community Action Research Experiences (CARE) Program

The Community Action Research Experiences (CARE) program builds community capacity through a year-long collaboration between student researchers (mostly undergraduates) from diverse disciplines and nonprofit community organizations to address research questions that help these community organizations increase their effectiveness.

The organizations identify the questions they want to be addressed. The completed action research projects (problem definition, data collection, analyses, results, and implications for practice) represent the service provided to the organizations.

Over the past two cohorts (2009 and 2010), 21 action research projects (representing over 4,000 hours of researcher investment) were completed for 16 community agencies that provide services to thousands of individuals and families across Maricopa County. Students developed skills in action research, community engagement, and leadership; and community agencies increased their evidence-based practice and effectiveness.

ASU Partners

  • Larry Dumka, Kathleen Burton, Tallia Doyle, Carolyn Coates, Brianna Dycus, Idean Ettekal, Christine Fujino Glass, Angela Herman, Amanda Homewood, Crystal Marston, Norma Perez-Brenna, Casey Sechler, School of Social and Family Dynamics
  • Michael Bustos, Kirsten Lyman, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Matthew Conway, Megan Kesler, Nicholas Martinez; Department of Psychology.
  • Carley Emery, Erin Nelson, School of Life Sciences
  • Michael Evans, W. P. Carey School of Business
  • Rachel Gibb, Department of Political Science
  • Annelyse Rubio, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Community Partners

  • Celeste Adams, Save the Family
  • Jack Clarizio, Jeff Myers; Lincoln YMCA.
  • Laura Clarke-Steffan, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Bill Holt Clinic
  • Pam Giardina, Christian Family Care Agency
  • Whitney Jacobson, Camp Swift Foundation.
  • Jon Katov, The Open Table
  • Aaron Parrott, Mentorkids USA
  • Nicole Peña, Phoenix Rescue Mission
  • Christina Plante, John C. Lincoln Health Network, Desert Mission Programs
  • Bill Rosenfeld, Mountain Park Health Center
  • Mandee Rowley, Phoenix Shanti Group
  • Karen Shedler, Center for Teacher Success, Phoenix, Maricopa County
  • Kurt Sheppard, Valle del Sol
  • Candace Sherwood, UMOM New Day Centers
  • Amy St. Peter, Human Services, Maricopa Association of Governments
  • Bev Tittle-Baker, Community Asset and Resource Enterprise Partnership

2010: Desert Doghouse

A team of Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering faculty, staff and students organized the first annual Desert Doghouse competition. The October 2009 event increased awareness among Arizona high school students about opportunities at ASU, particularly in the area of sustainability studies. For the competition, teams from 10 high schools in the greater Phoenix area designed and constructed doghouses using sustainable and environmentally conscious building methods.

The high school team judged to have built the “greenest” doghouse had its work put on exhibit in November during the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green build International Conference and Expo at the Phoenix Convention Center. Students on the winning Desert Doghouse team were provided the opportunity to attend the international event.

ASU Partners

  • Allan Chasey, Lisa Hogle, Giovanna De Luca, Del E. Webb School of Construction
  • Brad Shambaugh, Cassandra Hudec, Josephine Bierwagen, Mariam Martinez,Leslie Gutierrez, ASU studen

Community Partners

  • ON Semiconductor, General Dynamics, Salt River Project, Target, Kitchell Construction, DPR Construction, Gensler Architects and Smith Group architects, Kinetics, Sundt, Gilbane Construction, Arrington Watkins Architects, Texas Instruments, Core Construction, PK Associates, HDR, Okland, CH2MHill, IFMA Arizona, Mortenson, Sears Gerbo Architecture, and Adolfson & Peterson;
  • City of Tempe;
  • Skyline High School;
  • Estrella Foothills High School;
  • Tempe High, Carl T. Hayden (Phoenix), Metro Tech (Phoenix), Liberty (Peoria), Bourgade Catholic (Phoenix), Vail (Tucson), Chaparral (Scottsdale) and Payson high school​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​2010: BEST – Building Educator Support Teams

The BEST (Building Educator Support Teams) program, an initiative of ASU’s College of Teacher Education and Leadership (CTEL), offers multiple forms of support through university/district partnerships to induct new teachers into the profession, enhance their teaching skills and practice, provide ongoing professional development for career teachers, train mentors and instructional coaches, and provide shared leadership models for systemic support across educational communities.

The program includes the following components: Induction Professional Development – BEST for Beginning Teachers; BEST Standards in Teaching; On-going Teacher Professional Development in content-specific and professional practice areas; Teacher Leader Professional Development – BEST for Mentor Teachers; BEST Instructional Coaching; BEST Teacher Leadership; and Leadership Professional Development – BEST Administrator Support; and BEST Shared Leadership. Some school districts incorporate all components, while others choose to adopt individual components based on their specific needs and goals. But in every case, it is a joint partnership capitalizing on the strengths of the university and the school districts, building leadership capacity from within the systems servicing teachers and students.

ASU Partners

  • Sharon Kortman, Joanna Law, Mary Anne Duggan; College of Teacher Education & Leadership
  • Nicholas Appleton, Joanna Gorin; Mary Lou Fulton Institute & Graduate School of Education

Community Partners

  • Scottsdale Unified School District


2009: The Graffiti Alley Community Engagement Project

The Graffiti Alley Community Engagement Project, also known as “Civil Disobedience,” is a collaboration between the Herberger College of the Arts, the School of Music, local graffiti and hip-hop artists, Future Arts Research, businesses in Phoenix and local residents. This urban conversation combines rap music, graffiti art, hip-hop culture and education.

In November, a diverse crowd of more than 800 people visited a graffiti alley in Phoenix to see pieces by local graffiti writers, and break-dancing and disc-jockey performances by the Furious Styles crew sponsored by the Herberger College of the Arts. More than 120 of these visitors were ASU students enrolled in classes directly related to these artistic media. Another diverse group of more than 300 people, including 100 ASU students, gathered at the School of Music to hear a lively panel discussion of hip-hop culture in Phoenix.

ASU Partners

  • Joe Baker, Herberger College of the Arts
  • Marilu Knode, Future Arts Research @ ASU
  • Richard Mook, School of Music

Community Partners 

  • Michael Amaya (graffiti artist)
  • John Armstrong, Joan Prior; Armstrong-Prior Inc
  • B-Boy House, Furious Styles Crew
  • Justus Samuel (rap artist)

2009: Arizona Native Vote – Election Protection Project

In 2008, the Indian Legal Clinic at the College of Law partnered with the Native American Bar Association of Arizona, the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, the Arizona Indian Gaming Association, and the National Congress of American Indians to develop the Arizona Native Vote–Election Protection Project. This project provides a resource to Arizona’s tribal communities and tribal members to ensure access to the polls and to prevent voter disenfranchisement. Fifty-three election protection volunteers assisted Indian voters on Election Day 2008, helping those who may otherwise have been denied the right to vote.

ASU Partners

  • Michael Carter, Derrick Beetso, Sarah Cedarface, Mandy Cisneros, Alex Doss, Khia Grinnell, Joe Keene, Ryan McPhie, Nicholas Natividad, Khia Grinnell, Joe Sarcinella, Suzanne Trujillo, Naomi White; ASU law student
  • Ann Marie Downes, Kate Rosier, Laurie Ralston, Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, Judy Nichols, Jennifer Williams; Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Community Partners

  • Wenona Benally, Diandra Benally, Judy Dworkin, Roxann Gallagher,Roxann Gallagher, Kaniatari; Gilbert, Jackie Johnson, Ruth Khalsa, Yuri Kondo, Jim LeValley, Peter Larson, Sonia Nayeri, Kerry Patterson, April Olson, Javier Ramos, Chris Clark Deschene, Perry Riggs, Nancy Williams Bonnett, Denten Robinson, Steve Titla; Native American Bar Association-Arizona
  • Jocelyn Billy, Louis Denetsosie, Ron Haven, Marianna Kahn; Navajo Nation
  • Loren Birdrattler, Heather Dawn Thompson, Novaline Wilson; National Congress of American Indians-Native Vote
  • Reuben Elias, Gila River Indian Community.
  • Jennifer Farley, National Native American Bar Association
  • Joseph Flies Away, Hualapai Tribe
  • Karen Hartman-Tellez, Election Protection Coalition
  • Jonathan Jantzen, Tohono O’odham Nation.
  • Travis Lane, Alberta Tippeconnic, John Lewis; Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona
  • Anthony Lee, White Mountain Apache Tribe
  • Sheila Morago, Arizona Indian Gaming Association
  • Ed Rubacha, Jonathan Howard; Arizona State Bar


2008: Arizona Health Query: A Community University Partnership

 Arizona Health Query (AZHQ), a community health data system, the Arizona health care work force database, and the Maricopa County child fatality review program. Initially supported by the Flinn Foundation, AZHQ was established in 1999 and is supported by ASU and St. Luke's Health Initiatives.

AZHQ is an integrated collection of healthcare information, a “data warehouse” that offers the capability to link information from disparate sources. The database, for instance, is being used to examine health disparities and the emergency medical care crisis.


Community Partners

  • Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
  • Arizona Public Service
  • Arizona Senate 
  • Crane Elementary District
  • Pasquinelli Produce Company
  • Pediatric Associates of Yuma
  • Southwest Emergency Physicians
  • The Excel Group
  • WAHEC/Arizona State Legislature
  • Women's Health Specialists
  • Yuma County Department of Public Health
  • Yuma Pediatrics, Ltd

2008: The Arizona State University and Teach for America Partnership

Teach For America invites outstanding recent college graduates and professionals from all fields to join a national corps of teachers willing to commit two years to serve in high-need urban and rural public schools. Corps members train to meet the needs of local children and develop leadership skills to take on challenges in any setting. Members receive a full salary, benefits, student loan assistance and future graduate school and employment opportunities.

In 2006, Arizona State University and Teach For America–Phoenix created a partnership that advances Teach For America recruitment, alumni leadership, corps member support and development, and trains TFA members for deployment statewide through the Phoenix Institute. The ASU–TFA partnership, which extends throughout the university, is headquartered in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.

ASU Partners

  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College;
  • Educational Outreach and Student Services

Community Partners

  • Teach For America

2008: Naco Fire District Brownsfield Supplemental Assistance Partnership*

*No information available


2007: Immigration Law & Policy Clinic

The clinic provides legal services to undocumented individuals, mostly battered children, who are seeking to obtain immigration relief. During the course of the semester, each clinic student from ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law spends an average of 300 hours working on cases in collaboration with Friendly House, the Florence Immigrant Camp; Refugee Rights Project and pro bono attorneys including Evelyn Cruz and Ana Moore of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Community partners include Aryah Somers of the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project; and Richard Tobin of Lewis & Rocca LLP. 

ASU Partners 

  • Evelyn Cruz
  • Ana Moore
  • Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Community Partners

  • Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
  • Lewis and Clark 
  • Lewis Roca LLP

2007: New American City: Artists Look Forward

New American City: Artists Look Forward – This partnership of ASU departments, community organizations, and 150 Maricopa County-based artists explored the role of artists and the art being produced in one of the fastest-growing and changing urban areas in the country: Phoenix. The goal of the project, which was anchored by a major exhibition at the ASU Art Museum, was to raise public awareness and generate meaningful dialog about the importance of an arts community in our city. 

ASU Partners

  • Sherry Ahrentzen 
  • Ernesto Fonseca of the Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family
  • Daniel Britton, Daniel Collins and Betsy Schneider of the School of Art
  • Nan Ellin, School of Public Affairs
  • Mary Fitzgerald and Jennifer Tsukayama, Department of Dance;
  • Patricia Gober, School of Geographical Sciences
  • Renata Hejduk, Nancy Levinson, Sara Loughman, Sherrie Medina and Wellington Reiter
  • College of Design 
  • Brenda Shears Global Institute for Sustainability
  • Heather Lineberry 
  • John Spiak
  • ASU Art Museum

Community Partners 

  • Changing Hands Bookstore
  • Chandler High School
  • Roosevelt Row CDC
  • Hillstone Restaurant Group
  • Centennial High School
  • Stinkweed Records;
  • Creative Capital
  • Nancy Scott Lyon Public Relations
  • Maricopa Partnership for Arts and Culture
  • Sycamore Farms
  • Najafi Cos 
  • Eye Lounge
  • coLAB
  • Lavidge Co
  • Ironwood High School
  • Small Giant
  • Snowflake High School

2007: Professional Development School

PDS TENET project – The Professional Development School Teacher Education Network of Excellence through Technology (PDS TENET) project is a school-university teacher education partnership for high-poverty urban and rural communities in Arizona. With a district-based presence and through distance learning technology, ASU is working with its K-12 partners to provide high-quality, professional development and to prepare excellent new teachers in their own communities.

ASU Partners

  • Nicholas Appleton, Mary Lou Fulton College of Education
  • Barbara Berheim, Ray Buss, Linda Califano, JoAnn Cleland (retired), Matt Crum, Patrick Dehner, Franklin Elliott, Peggy George, Barbara Giles, Becky Grijalva, Sally Hurwitz, Tracy Johnson, Steve Klister, Mari Koerner, Angie Linder, Faye Luna, Linda Montoya, George Powers, Scott Ridley, Michelle Rojas, Sonia Saenz, Kelly Stranathan, William Svoboda (retired), Tracy Tadrick and Rose Welsh of the College of Teacher Education and Leadership
  • Steve Des Georges, Public Affairs

Community Partners

  • Chinle Unified School District
  • Osborn Elementary School District
  • Global Nomad Consulting
  • Indian Oasis-Baboquivari Unified School District
  • Arizona Department of Education
  • Whiteriver Unified School District
  • Madison School District
  • Avondale Elementary School District
  • Douglas Unified School District


2006: Tempe Early Reading First Partnership 

TERF has been combating Arizona’s literacy crisis by helping preschool teachers serving low-income students develop curricula for enhancing a child’s phonological awareness, vocabulary, alphabet and print knowledge, and expressive language skills. Such skills help children read, write, and communicate better as they grow older. Funded by an Early Reading First Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, TERF members combine their expertise to create the needed curriculum.

Three times a month, a professional development team of ASU and ALLC staff members provides courses and training sessions for mentors and preschool teachers, sharing the latest research on reading and early literacy curricula. Mentors from TESD pair up and spend a minimum of eight hours a week with preschool teachers from two other TERF participants – Tots Unlimited, a for-profit daycare center, and Maricopa Head Start, a comprehensive program for low-income families. Together, mentors and teachers work in their preschool classes to translate ASU and ALLC research into lesson plans and activities that will fit the needs of their students.

ASU Partners

  • Shelley Gray, Catherine Otto, M. Adelaida Restrepo,Linda Shadley, Suzanne Stellino, Mary Towle-Harmon, Catherine Wennerstrom, Jacquelyn Williams, Eleni Yiangou, Speech & Hearing Science
  • Randi Schechter Retkinski

Community Partners

  • Terry Doolan, Arizona Department of Education
  • Marjorie Jones, Deborah Kendall, Arizona Literacy and Learning Center
  • Maria Munoz, Maricopa County Head Start
  • Andrea Colby, Tempe Elementary School District #3
  • Kim Burch, Tots Unlimited

2006: Service at Salado

Service at Salado engages local school children in a habitat-restoration project that became a centerpiece of their school and neighborhood communities. Students from underserved and disadvantaged communities gain experience in ecology and civic involvement which is made possible through funding from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, ASU’s University-School Partnerships, and the National Science Foundation. Students benefit through the collaborative partnerships of their schools and teachers with the ASU student interns who lead the education program. Local park rangers also develop a strong rapport with the students involved in the program as they teach them about the specifics of this restoration project.

ASU Partners

  • Monica Elser,Justin Goering, Charlene Saltz,Jennifer Roberts,Justin Goering; Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Nancy Crocker,Adelina Zottola; Academic Community Engagement Services
  • Dave White, School of Community Resources and Development
  • Jenny Bickford, ASU Foundation, Corporate and Foundation Relations

Community Partners

  • Cheryl McNab, Arizona Audubon
  • Danielle Taddy, City of Phoenix, Parks and Recreation Dept.
  • Juan Gallardo, CO Greenfield Elementary School
  • Deborah Banks, Innovative Tailor-Made Training & Technology
  • Alice Trujillo, Lowell Elementary School
  • Georgina Takemoto, Phoenix Elementary School District
  • Mark Dowling, Roosevelt Elementary School District
  • Sergio Gutierrez, Sunland Elementary School
  • John Wann, Valley View Elementary School

2006: Arizona Bullying Prevention Partnership 

Arizona Bullying Prevention Partnership, an alliance of ASU’s Arizona Prevention Resource Center, the Governor’s Office, and the Men’s Anti-Violence Network, allowed for twenty-six Arizona school districts to implement the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, an internationally recognized anti-bullying system, in their elementary, middle, and junior high schools. The program strengthens the school community by making students and faculty accountable for recognizing, reporting, and developing consequences for different types of school bullying.

For the last three years, the Prevention Center has analyzed thousands of anonymous surveys completed by students on their school bullying problems. This data is then organized into reports showing faculty what types of bullying to expect at their schools and where bullying occurs, providing the foundation for schools to build their anti-bullying strategies.

Creating these reports is a massive undertaking. “Large statistical samples are usually considered to be two or three thousand,” explains Prevention Center Program Coordinator Ruby Alvarado. “We regularly look at statistical samples of over thirty-thousand [Olweus surveys].” Alvarado credits ASU student workers with being the “backbone” of this project, noting that the time students spend scanning and compiling the data will allow faculty from sixteen schools to undergo Olweus training this spring. These faculty members will then train their entire schools in the Olweus Program, building the capacity to sustain this anti-bullying program on their own.

ASU benefits strongly from its association with the Bullying Prevention Partnership. Thanks to funding from the Governor’s Office, four Prevention Center staff members are now Olweus district trainers, able to instruct schools other trainers cannot reach – including charter schools and public schools in smaller districts. Since the Olweus Program has not been used in many high schools, adapting its training methods for high school-level charter schools may lead ASU researchers to new insights on the program’s use. These findings, along with the Prevention Center’s statistical survey of bullying in school districts, will be added to Prevention Center’s library and eventually be written for publication on behalf of ASU.

ASU Partners

  • Ruby R. Alvarado Hernandez, Gail Chadwick, Rachel Forgey, Chris Emge, Kathryn Hamm, Lynn Katz, Cassandra Larsen, Jackie Minero,  Arizona Prevention Resource Center

Community Partners

  • Arizona Foundation for Women, Men’s Anti-Violence Network
  • Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention
  • Governor’s Division for Substance Abuse Policy


2005: Kids and Asthma: A Report to the Yuma Community

The Yuma HealthQuery (YHQ) data system is a county-wide, multi-year database created and maintained by the voluntary cooperation of private and public health insurers, health care providers, schools and health related community agencies, with technical support from Arizona State University. The YHQ includes demographic, diagnostic, insurance coverage, immunization and health care utilization data, and an annual door-to-door survey of low-income neighborhoods by a local community agency. It includes every child who used the emergency department or inpatient care and every child seen by a YHQ data partner, and/or who was insured by AHCCCS or SCHIP, and/or was immunized 

ASU Partners

  • WP Carey School of Bussiness: Office of Research and Economic Affairs

Community Partners


  • Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System
  • Arizona Public Service 
  • Arizona Senate 
  • Crane Elementary District
  • Pasquinelli Produce Company
  • Southwest Emergency Physicians
  • The Excel Group
  • WAHEC/Arizona State Legislature
  • Women's Health Specialists
  • Yuma County Department of Public Health
  • Yuma HealthQuery Advisory Committee
  • Yuma Pediatrics, Ltd. 
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center
  • Pediatric Associates of Yuma
  • Yuma School District One
  • Yuma Union High School District 70

2004: Dance Arizona Repertory Theatre (DART)

Founded in 1984, a community dance organization housed in the Department of Dance at Arizona State University. DART provides training in community dance methodologies for ASU dance students while developing collaborative and creative partnerships with culturally diverse area schools and after-school programs, enriching the cultural life of the campus, community and region. Using movement as the common language, DART bridged three spheres of dance: the university, the local community, and the national/international arenas. DART united ASU students with youth from the Silvestre Herrera School, the Thomas J. Pappas School for Homeless and Migrant Youth and the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley in creative partnerships. The troupe continues to work with diverse groups in the area, integrating campus and community life.

ASU Team Members

  • Mary Fitzgerald 
  • Jennifer Tsukayama

Community Partners 

  • Silvestre Herrera School
  • Thomas J. Pappas School for Homeless and Migrant Youth 
  • Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley

2004: A Nursing Clinic at the Central Arizona Shelter Services

ASU College Of Nursing collect/raise supplies for the nursing clinic at CASS (Central Arizona Shelter Services)