Our Vision

In partnership with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Claremont Graduate University is the home of the Yuhaaviatam Center for Health Studies, a research hub and living laboratory for health and well-being that is unique in higher education.

Bearing a name that means “People of the Pines” (which refers to the original inhabitants of the area who are the ancestors of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians), the center brings together our experts and students with outside scholars and partners to redefine healthcare and improve lives, especially for vulnerable populations in the Inland Empire region of Southern California and beyond.

We are not simply aspiring to make a difference. Our faculty’s achievements in many disciplines have already shaped the conversation about well-being and what it means to flourish. Deep expertise, combined with the flexibility that a university our size provides, will allow us to quickly identify opportunities and pursue them. Learning and discovery are not linear. Neither is our approach to integrated health.

CGU works with more than 300 health-related organizations to improve the quality of life, especially in communities most in need. Our goal is to provide powerful, impactful solutions to seemingly intractable challenges.

Our Center

Scholars across CGU’s seven schools and divisions are conducting innovative research on proactive and behavioral approaches to health in a variety of areas, including prevention strategies, chronic disease management, and health-driven technologies that provide accessibility to support networks and programs.


All of these efforts come together in a 23,000 square-foot facility at the southeast corner of the university campus that served for 50 years as The Claremont Colleges’ central bookstore. Once renovations are completed, the center will house CGU’s School of Community & Global Health as its anchor tenant.

Our Advantage

Complex issues demand approaches that transcend discrete fields. At CGU, we call this transdisciplinarity, and it is at the heart of our educational model. We are recognized leaders in numerous disciplines, and the synergies we create inspire new ways of looking at challenges and opportunities. This will be manifestly evident in our approach to integrated health.

Transdisciplinarity has been embedded in our DNA since our founding in 1925. It involves taking on complex problems important to society and including diverse stakeholders to find a resolution. Because of our unwavering resolve to apply our expertise in ways that benefit those we serve, we are embarking on an endeavor that will dramatically improve health and well-being for those living in underserved, vulnerable communities.

Here are just a few examples of how our experts have already made a difference:

Health-Driven Technology

The emerging interdisciplinary research field of Persuasive Technology, focused on how interactive technologies and services can support positive behavior change, holds great promise for improving and extending lives. Professor Samir Chatterjee’s MyHeart app, for example, helps patients by collecting diagnostic data and other feedback on a daily basis that is monitored remotely by hospital caregivers, who can determine whether intervention is needed.

Proactive Health Management

Research across CGU is addressing root causes of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and obesity, as well as disease management and follow-up care. “Diseases of despair”—drug addiction, depression, and suicide, among others—are reducing life expectancy, especially in underserved communities. Faculty are studying a range of holistic approaches and interventions that pay particular attention to the needs of these communities.

Healthcare Policy

Understanding the government labyrinth— what makes a policy effective or ineffective— can improve social and economic outcomes. Professors in the School of Social Science, Policy & Evaluation are studying the relationship between social justice and well-being, and research in the Division of Politics and Economics is focusing on the efficacy of federal health programs such as the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid managed care.


CGU is a leader in the field of Positive Health Psychology, which explores how to maintain physical and mental well-being despite the presence of otherwise harmful physical, social, or environmental conditions. The Adolescent Moral Development Lab is addressing questions around purpose and gratitude, with a focus on youth growing up in poorly resourced communities.



Spring 2019
CGU President Len Jessup and his leadership team begin preliminary visioning around the need for academic research on integrated health and well-being.


Summer–Fall 2019
The Flame magazine articulates the president’s vision with “A New Prescription,” a special editorial package identifying the transdisciplinary nature of health-related research at CGU. Read: https://issuu.com/cgunews/docs/cgu-theflame-19summer?fr=sZmI5OTQ3Nzg4

Marketing & Communications produces “A New Vision for Healthcare,” a video about this initiative that goes on in 2021 to win a CASE Grand Gold Medal (District VII). Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSnWQq9ThOc

Spring 2020
CGU receives $150,000 from the Engelstad Foundation in support of the president’s health initiative to create an innovative research center with a transdisciplinary focus.

Winter 2020–21
CGU announces a partnership in December with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to create a new center focused on proactive, transdisciplinary research connected with health and well-being for vulnerable populations in Indian Country, the Inland Empire, and beyond.

Partnership includes $14 million from San Manuel to purchase the Huntley Bookstore building, an iconic Claremont landmark that has served as the central bookstore of The Claremont Colleges for 50 years. The building will serve as the new center’s home.

Spring 2021
Andersen Brulé Architects selected to produce conceptual renderings of the Huntley building for RFP development and fundraising purposes.

Brian R. Bloom Architect is later chosen during the RFP process to produce design documents for the building’s internal and external renovations.

CGU’s development team continues with ongoing fundraising efforts to support the renovations.

Summer–Fall 2021
CGU receives $250,000 and additional gifts from trustees and other supporters totaling nearly $450,000 in preparation for planned renovations.

Winter 2021–22
Brian R. Bloom Architect completes internal-external design work.

Design work is reviewed and approved by the City of Claremont (Planning, Claremont Heritage, Architectural Commission, and Building departments).

Spring 2022
Renovations and rehab work begin in April by Ontario-based KAR Construction with a goal of finishing in the fall of 2022.

Huntley Bookstore exterior

About the Huntley Building

Established through a gift of the Earl W. Huntley Foundation, the Huntley Bookstore was designed by architects A. Quincy Jones and Frederick Emmons in the mid-century modern post-and-beam style. The building extensively uses concrete block and exposed wood, and its floor-to-ceiling glass windows are intended to integrate the interior and the outdoors. The building was dedicated on November 6, 1969, the same year that Jones and Emmons were awarded the AIA’s prestigious Architecture Firm Award. The building, at the heart of the Claremont Colleges, is an ideal location for the center. The historically important exterior will remain, and the remodeled interior will provide opportunities for discovery and collaboration.

About Claremont Graduate University

Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of a select few American universities devoted solely to graduate-level education. The university is a founding member of The Claremont Colleges, which include Pomona College, Pitzer College, Claremont McKenna College, Scripps College, Harvey Mudd College, and Keck Graduate Institute. CGU comprises seven schools offering 76 degree and certificate programs. The university’s unique transdisciplinary perspective encourages students to explore complex issues across academic disciplines. CGU is home to the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management and the annual Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Awards.

For more information, visit cgu.edu.

About the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians is a federally recognized American Indian tribe located near the city of Highland, California. The Serrano clan is indigenous to the San Bernardino Valley, known today as the Inland Empire. The San Manuel Reservation was established in 1891 and recognized as a sovereign nation with the right of self-government. As an indigenous community, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ origins and history stem from their relationship with the land and to all who share it. Its ancestors have handed down the tradition of expressing themselves through a culture of giving. As one of the largest employers in the Inland Empire, San Manuel is able to answer the call of Yawa’ (a Serrano word meaning “to act on one’s beliefs”) through partnerships with charitable organizations that make a difference in the lives of thousands of families across the country. It draws upon its history, knowledge, expertise, and cultural values to direct its philanthropic giving in the region, as well as to Native American causes nationwide.

For more information, visit sanmanuel-nsn.gov.

Giving Opportunities

If you are interested in learning more about the Yuhaaviatam Center for Health Studies and potential giving opportunities, please contact Kristen Andersen-Daley, Vice President, Development & External Relations.