Our Commitment

The Yuhaaviatam Center for Health Studies is a research hub and living laboratory for health and well-being that is unique in higher education.

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

The 23,000 square-foot Yuhaaviatam Center, officially opened in May 2023, was made possible through a $14 million gift from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, which allowed the university to purchase the Huntley Bookstore property on the perimeter of the campus. Another gift from the tribe, along with gifts from Prime Healthcare and other supporters, helped fund renovations to the interior of the architecturally significant building, whose name, Yuhaaviatam, is a Serrano word meaning People of the Pines.

“The Yuhaaviatam Center for Health Studies is a wonderful example of partnership,” CGU President Len Jessup said about the transformational gifts. “I could not be more grateful to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and our other supporters for their belief in CGU’s commitment to make a difference in the world. The center will benefit our faculty and students, but most important, it will expand their ability to improve lives, especially in communities that need it most.”

CGU collaborates 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. 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. This is what we are doing at the Yuhaaviatam Center.

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.


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 the ideal location for the center. The historically important exterior has been gently restored, and the remodeled interior provides opportunities for discovery and collaboration.

About Claremont Graduate University

Founded in 1925, Claremont Graduate University is one of a select few American universities devoted entirely 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 approach to education  encourages students to explore complex issues across academic disciplines. Along with master’s and PhD programs, CGU offers several professional doctorate programs for those who want to rise in the ranks outside academia and research.

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.