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UMass Innovators Featured on Design Thinking for Health Website

Nov 12, 2019

Penn Nursing and the Alex & Rita Hillman Foundation have launched a new open-source website on Design Thinking for HealthThe website home page includes a 6-minute documentary about some of our UMass Amherst research team’s work on innovation. UMass Amherst is one of four case studies in innovation and design thinking for health on the website.  

Among the UMass students and faculty featured in the documentary are:

  • Dr. Rachel Walker, Assistant Professor and PhD Program Director in the College of Nursing  
  • Ann Marie Moraitis and Ellen Smithline, PhD candidates in the Nursing PhD Program
  • Dr. Sarah Perry, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Bryan Chua, Recent graduate of the CHC & Chemical Engineering Dept & 21st Century Leader award recipient
  • Dr. Julian Atim, physician and recent graduate of Isenberg MBA program
  • Dr. Mike Busa, IALS Center for Health & Human Performance

The documentary also highlights some of the IALS Core Facilities.

The vision of Penn Nursing and the Hillman Foundation is

The Design Thinking for Health founders belive that nurse innovators are more crucial than ever before. Nurses have opportunities to "use innovation to improve health and well-being, design and create new approaches to care, and communicate health information to the community at-large."  

The website provides a framework to promote strategic thinking about how to design meaningful change in health and healthcare. The framework is presented via an online course containing five modules: Empathy, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test. Each module represents a stage in the Design Thinking process. 

In addition to the course and case studies, the site includes links to podcasts, speaker bios (including Dr. Walker), and resources about innovation, entrepreneurship and health design thinking.  



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