Sustainable Health: Sustainable Change
Azmo the Dragon
Former fellow Pierre Elias's work on the Center's cell-phone-based game and spirometer for children with asthma has won him and his team of Rice students some prestigious recognition. He presented at the 2010 American Public Health Association annual meeting, at Medicine 2.0 at Stanford in September 2011, and he has had a paper accepted at the 2011 AMA IEEE meeting in Boston. In addition, Azmo won 3rd place in Microsoft's 2011 Imagine Cup in the mobile game category.
In order for change to be real and lasting, it must make its presence felt at the community level. It is here, in the realms of home, school, work, and social activities, that most of us spend the majority of our lives. It is here that we have the deepest connections to what we value most.
It is at this community level that the Elaine and Marvy Finger Fund for Sustainable Health focuses its efforts. The unfortunate truth about America's communities today is that the lives of far too many adults and children are limited by poor health. Almost 20% of Americans are without access to quality health care due to financial, geographic, and cultural barriers.
Health is more than merely the absence of disease. Rather, health is a positive state of well-being financially accessible to all. When individuals are healthy, their communities grow healthier and become nurturing living environments where education, safety, and prosperity can coexist. Thus, the goal of sustainable health for communities is both visionary and pragmatic.