A boost for innovation to improve student wellness
Sumeeta and Sumit Nanda M.D.’87, P’18, P’19 were impressed with Duke’s efforts to advance precision health and wellness, concepts which were developed by students working with Dr. Geoffrey Ginsburg and Dr. Susanne Haga through several successive Bass Connections teams.
Creating WearDuke truly was a collaborative process, and our team continuously adapted our focus group material, website set-up, reward structure and marketing strategies to ensure our pilot program is as successful as possible.
— Nathan Parikh ’21, Bass Connections participant
Wanting to establish an endowment that their alumni children, Asha ’18 and Arjun ’19, could engage with throughout their lives, the Nandas established a $100,000 endowment — matched by $50,000 from the Bass Challenge —to support health and wellness initiatives in Bass Connections. The first two cohorts of the Enabling Precision Health and Medicine teams have worked on wearable health monitors and improving the use of family health histories in providing medical care.