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Economics, access to health services, genetics, the environment, geography, age – all of these and more form a complex web of interdependent influences on wellbeing. The Arizona Wellbeing Commons brings scientists, clinicians and partners together in a powerful network of researchers to tackle the health issues that impact wellbeing in Arizona.

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How it works

Participants in the Commons apply multiple perspectives, tools and expertise to the exploration of health, in complexity ranging from the molecular to the societal.

Broadly inclusive frames of examination form our seven divisions of inquiry:

  • neurobiology, aging, dementias and movement disorders
  • cancer prevention, detection, management and treatment
  • viruses, immunity, microbiomes and infectious disease
  • nutrition, obesity, exercise and lifestyle
  • mental health, substance abuse, crime and behavior change
  • public health and healthcare services: law, policy and equity
  • culture, arts, design and humanities in health

Benefits of participating

The Wellbeing Commons offers a space for Arizona professionals of any institution concerned with health to collaborate on research, develop and use shared resources, attend yearly events, identify new interdisciplinary research alignments, enhance the mentorship of young researchers, and belong to a community that facilitates inter-institutional dialogue statewide.  


Viewing wellbeing through multiple perspectives allows fresh approaches to any number of health issues, including grand challenges such as heart disease, cancer, and dementia. New collaborations will catalyze new frameworks and improved solutions throughout the great state of Arizona.

Upcoming Events

AZ Wellbeing Commons 2020 Conference

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REGISTER NOW

If you have anything to do with fighting the pandemic or delivering solutions that improve health and wellbeing for Arizonans, you won’t want to miss this important event!

There’s no question that the Arizona research community has stepped up to the plate, facing the challenges presented by COVID-19. In many cases, we’ve moved mountains; in some cases, questions remain, but we are determined to deliver insights, answers and new solutions. You’ll find yourself among hundreds of the state’s top bioscience researchers and leaders in health and hospitals, universities, social services, government, business, the arts and humanities, and public health and safety.  We want to hear your voice. What’s working and what’s not? Where can we launch new collaborations to bring treatments and technologies to the people of Arizona?


KEYNOTE

Keynote speaker Tara O’Toole, MD, MPH, co-authored “Disease Mitigation Measures in the Control of Pandemic Influenza – in 2006. Hear what she’s learned since then, and how she and her colleagues continue to inform pandemic preparedness. O’Toole was a founder of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Under Secretary for Science and Technology at Homeland Security. Her presentation is entitled “The Covid-19 Pandemic – What Have We Learned Thus Far?” See her complete bio here.


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WE NEED YOUR FACE

We may not be able to be together in person, but we are finding new and creative ways to connect digitally. Help us personalize this event by sending a “selfie”. Woven together with others for a conference video, your face will live on as a testament to the amazing efforts put forth by Arizonans during this very challenging time.

Similar to National Geographic's documentary "Life in a Day," our AWC 2020 video is a three-minute montage of self-recorded soundbites of people describing their work and lives during the pandemic. We’ll be able to accept the first 40 video clips we receive. If you're interested in participating, please follow the instructions below.

The deadline to submit is by midnight on Friday, October 2.

Content: Use your phone or tablet to film yourself answering the below questions as three separate 10-20 sec video clips.

  • Clip #1 = What are you/your department doing professionally to fight COVID-19? (Example 1. “I'm modelling hospital data to learn how COVID-19 could surge in the future.” Ex2. “We're treating ICU patients at Banner UMC." Ex3. “I’m sewing PPE gowns for caregivers at long-term care homes.” Ex4. "I'm teaching undergrads microbiology.")
  • Clip #2 = How are you/your family maintaining your personal well-being during the pandemic? (Ex1. “I meditate 20 minutes every morning.” Ex2. “I prepare a sack lunch even though I work from home so it’s easy to take a lunch break." Ex3. "I ride my horse, Jupiter, to relax and be outdoors." Ex4. "We're taking a vacation but distancing and sanitizing as we go.")
  • Clip #3 = What is your name, organization, title, and email address? This soundbite will NOT be included in the final video, but we need the information for our organizational purposes.
  • BONUS Clip = Film a closeup angle of a tool, toy, food, material, action, process etc., that you think is cool, pretty, or interesting.

Recording Tips:

  • Hold your camera in landscape (instead of portrait) so you get a wider angle.
  • Use active verbs, present tense, and specific details if time allows.
  • If possible, film on-location where the action you're describing takes place. If that’s not an option, give us a view into your work, life, playtime.
  • Include colleagues and family if possible. Group selfies are fun!
  • Keep it short and avoid jargon.
  • Just be YOU!

Delivery: Follow this link to upload your video files to our private DropBox Folder. Submit Here.

By uploading your files you agree to allow AWC's conference producers and the video producer, Grace Clark, to use them in the montage video. For any questions contact Grace at [email protected].


ABOUT THE COMMONS

Economics, access to health services, genetics, the environment, geography, age – all of these and more form a complex web of interdependent influences on wellbeing. The Arizona Wellbeing Commons brings scientists, clinicians and partners together in a powerful network of researchers to tackle the health issues that impact wellbeing in Arizona.


 

Leadership

Joshua LaBaer, MD, PhD, leads the Commons. He is one of the nation’s foremost investigators in the rapidly expanding field of personalized diagnostics and executive director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. LaBaer is also director of the Biodesign Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics, the Dalton Chair of Cancer Research, a professor in the ASU School of Molecular Sciences and an adjunct professor of medicine at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic.

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