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Affinity Networks

Our innovative college model encourages individuals to connect between and across disciplines to collaborate and foster new ideas that advance an area of focus. To that end, we support Affinity Networks that bring together individuals with shared interests to explore a methodology or an opportunity for improvement within the college. Affinity Networks are designed to advance research methodologies, teaching excellence, community engagement or a functional area of the college.

Members of Affinity Networks create a supportive environment for professional development and a place to develop new ideas. From the networks, our college gains a growing supply of new ideas and knowledge, program improvements, methodologies and approaches that further our commitment to designing health solutions.

Affinity Networks and Translational Teams

Affinity Networks differ from Translational Teams, another unique initiative of the College of Health Solutions. Affinity Networks are groups of faculty and staff, practitioners, policy experts, advocates and others who have an interest in the topic and represent a pool of talent from which Translational Teams can draw. Translational Teams, which include community partners working alongside faculty, staff and students, focus on solving specific and complex health problems or challenges. Translational Teams and Affinity Networks may work together, but each group serves a separate and distinct purpose. For example, an Affinity Network on dissemination and implementation science could serve as a core methods group within a Translational Team.  

Affinity Networks at the College of Health Solutions

The first group of Affinity Networks have been identified, and others will be formed and developed in the coming years.

  • Athletics Affinity Network: Increases communication and develops a collaborative relationship among ASU Sun Devil Athletics, the College of Health Solutions and local community organizations involved in the improvement of athletic performance.
  • Data Quality in Electronic Data Capture Network: Provides a consistent outlet to demonstrate features of various electronic data capture tools, discuss ongoing use of these tools and collect information on how each tool can be improved.
  • Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Affinity Network: Develops and implements D&I projects, advances D&I methods through new applications and strategies and builds D&I principles into the education foundation of the College of Health Solutions.
  • Health Policy and Equity Network (HPEN): Serves as a premier resource for local and national health policies impacting the health care and outcomes of vulnerable populations.
  • Research Participants Registry and Database Network: Plans to design a research participant registry to collect and store both contact and limited demographic information from individuals who give consent to volunteer in research studies, as well as a database to collect and store health information in a searchable format. Both systems will comply with the requirements of HIPAA.