The Center for Health and Wellbeing (CHW) fosters research and teaching on the multiple aspects of health and wellbeing in both developed and developing countries. The Center’s goals are to understand the determinants of health and wellbeing, the role that public policy plays in shaping the quality of people’s lives, and to educate undergraduates and graduate students who aspire to careers in health and health policy.
CHW was founded in 2000 by Professor Christina Paxson, former Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School and current President of Brown University. Professors Janet Currie and Kate Ho currently serve as co-directors of the Center, and Gilbert Collins serves as the Center’s associate director.
Housed within the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Center offers two certificate programs: the undergraduate Global Health and Health Policy (GHP) certificate and the graduate Health and Health Policy (HHP) certificate. Also under the CHW umbrella are the Health Grand Challenge, a program that seeks solutions to the pressing problems of global health and infectious disease; the Program on U.S. Health Policy, which sponsors research and activities addressing aspects of domestic health care and health policy; and the State Health Reform Assistance Network and State Health and Value Strategies, both Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded programs that assist states with health reform implementation. CHW is also home to the National Institute on Aging Roybal Center, also called the Center for Translational Research on Aging. Every year, that Center sponsors numerous pilot projects by researchers from Princeton University and other academic institutions around the globe.