The ASU Community Collaborative at the Westward Ho is a student-staffed, faculty supervised community services center administered by CABHP where ASU students provide a variety of free educational and prevention services that facilitate improvement in multiple dimensions of health and well-being. The community-embedded program is made possible through a partnership among ASU, CABHP and the Westward Ho.
Prior to its conversion to a federally subsidized housing development in 1981, the iconic Westward Ho property functioned as a luxury hotel for 50 years, hosting celebrity guests including presidents and movie stars. The grand opening gala of the Hotel Westward Ho in December of 1928 welcomed 700 prominent guests from far and wide to take in its gorgeous Spanish-influenced Art Deco architecture. At 15 stories high, the Westward Ho was the tallest building west of the Mississippi at the time. The historic landmark building is now home to approximately 300 seniors and adults with disabilities.
The groundwork for ASU’s partnership with the Westward Ho was laid in 2009 when ASU nursing students began offering residents a free weekly blood pressure clinic out of a small room on the second floor of the building. Early discussions between CABHP and the Westward Ho ownership began to take shape thereafter.
In 2012-13, CABHP and faculty from ASU’s school of social work and nursing college conducted a needs assessment with 50 Westward Ho residents. High numbers reported chronic illness, including diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Other significant findings included frequent reports of social isolation and feeling disconnected from the community. These findings helped identify the types of community-based wellness offerings that might be of value to residents and set the stage for development of the multi-disciplined Community Collaborative program.
In 2014, ASU entered into a 15-year lease agreement with the Westward Ho to occupy 15,000 square feet of underutilized retail space on the first floor of the building.
In 2015, ASU renovations of the space began. During construction, limited program services by nursing, nutrition and social work students were offered to residents out of that small room on the second floor where nursing students first began engaging with residents in 2009.
In the summer of 2016, CABHP operations and staff were fully relocated to the newly finished ASU space on the first floor. That fall, the Community Collaborative officially opened for business.
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