Akron General is teaming up with Kent State University to form a new research partnership focusing on wellness and disease prevention.
The Health and Wellness Research Collaborative will focus on promoting wellness programs and prevention by incorporating research and development.
"Together we will promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles by integrating public health, basic science and clinical and behavioral research and by developing and promoting evidence-based wellness practices," said Dr. Tim Stover, president and CEO of Akron General Health System.
Dr. Sonia Alemagno, dean of Kent State's College of Public Health, hopes the partnership will be part of a national model.
"...and within that model, will be many different types of interventions, programs, innovations and technologies that will come from this collaborative."
Alemagno says a $50,000 grant has been provided by Kent State to create an interprofessional graduate education program.
"They'll work together, here [at Akron General], engaging in work with the practitioners and researchers at Akron General to create a platform for teamwork and for working together as we move towards lifestyle medicine changes."