Anushka Jajodia (MASD ‘19) is a Social Design Associate with the PROMOTE Center (School of Nursing) and the Cochlear Center for Hearing & Public Health (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health). She works with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, clinicians and public health experts to infuse the human-centered design approach that advances equity and social justice to initiatives at both Centers. Anushka collaborates with the PROMOTE team nurse practitioners to drive culture change and develop sustainable health care initiatives through participatory design research. She equivalently supports the Cochlear team to develop accessible and affordable hearing care programs that address hearing loss in older adults.
Associates are embedded into funded projects with outside partners to put the human-centered design process into practice in professional contexts, serve as mentors to current MASD students, and engage in other initiatives of the Center for Social Design.
The Social Design Associates program builds upon the success and learning of a post-graduate fellowship program launched in the Center for Social Design in 2012 with support from the Robert W. Deutsch (RWD) Foundation to keep innovative ideas and social design talent in Baltimore. From 2012-18, the RWD Fellowship provided a year-long stipend, institutional resources, and studio accommodations to 11 Fellows to continue their thesis research, implementation, and evaluation.