The Institute for Community Health and Development focuses on the integration of health and economic development to advance well-being of families and communities through impact-driven research and innovation.   The programs and facility serve as an entrepreneurial hub and a physical  manifestation of the Ensign College of Public Health mission to improve community health and well-being and reduce global poverty through economic self-reliance. 

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The Institute for Community Health and Development (ICHD) will lead in the advancement of community health and economic development through culturally relevant and appropriate, innovative, cost-effective, research-driven programs founded on the philosophy of community engagement. We hold a deeply rooted commitment to community-based participatory engagement and the target beneficiaries of the initiatives will be active participants in their own health and economic development. This approach adds intrinsic value and sustainability through more favorable acceptance in the communities where the programs are implemented.


The building will provide space for research, education, community-engaged training and collaborative learning.  The building’s design provides multiple configurations of training rooms, research and instruction laboratories, and a large auditorium for large trainings and conferences. Using state of the art education resources, principles and practices, and developing innovative technologies, this project will serve to both enhance the existing health and business workforce and support the experiential learning and development of the emerging workforce and markets.


The institute will also engage stakeholders from within local, regional, and national health systems, training them in the implementation of successful programs and supporting their adoption of the demonstrated best practices and evidenced-based approaches that will strengthen health and economic systems and promote further sustainable development in Ghana, throughout West Africa, and across the African continent.

  • USAID grant awarded

  • Architect selected

  • Architectural plans finalized

  • Groundbreaking ceremony

  • Site evaluation

  • Contractor selected

  • Construction begins

  • Program development begins

  • Construction complete

  • Programming begins


Improve practices for achieving and sustaining higher standards of health and economic well-being and engaging communities to adopt these approaches.

Expand the capacity of existing institutions to have a positive impact  on family and community well-being.

Create dynamic leaders whose influence will lead to better practices and will motivate others to improve the station of people throughout the world.


Health 2 Go creates capacity for communities to be healthy, well, and self-reliant by working with Community-Based Agents. This program is supported by the Institute for Community Health and Development.