Centers and Institutes

Center for Health Information Technology Advancement

The Western Michigan University Center for Health Information Technology Advancement promotes and helps WMU faculty in conducting research and teaching in health information technology through grant acquisitions, curriculum development, and partnerships with health care stakeholders such as health services providers, HMOs, and governmental or non-governmental funding organizations. It is a Universitywide center that was initiated by faculty of the Department of Business Information Systems and Bronson School of Nursing.

Visit the Center for Health Information Technology Advancement website for more details.

Center for Gerontology

The WMU Center for Gerontology focuses on research, education and community service.  It works to:

  • Enhance the preparation of WMU students on issues related to our aging population
  • Conduct research to help local and national practitioners to improve the health and human services for older persons
  • Provide outreach, education and research support to our community

Visit the Center for Gerontology website for more details.

Center for Health Data Research, Analysis and Mapping

The Center for Health Data Research, Analysis and Mapping (HDReAM) is a multidisciplinary partnership among the WMU colleges of Health and Human Services and Arts and Sciences and the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department. It provides health-related secondary data analysis and mapping services for the ultimate purpose of creating and disseminating a holistic overview of the community’s health in order to advance knowledge, understanding and strategies to improve the public’s health. (Dr. Amy Curtis, Director)

Visit the HDReAM website for more information.

University-Community Empowerment Center

The Western Michigan University University-Community Empowerment Center is a poverty reduction alliance that brings universities, communities and low-income people together to develop tools, strategies and training to help people emerge from poverty.The center operates from the College of Health and Human Services under the leadership of Interim Director Teresa A. Bingman. The collaborative is part of an overall effort to empower people to help them meet their goals and needs in a culturally sensitive context. It was designed to bring together people who are engaged in critical inquiry/research around poverty and the reduction of poverty, with community practitioners who are in the business of delivering services to families.

Visit the University-Community Empowerment Center website for more details.