Ashley Eberhart (MASD’18) is a current Social Design Associate with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Center for Innovative Care in Aging, where she is tasked with integrating the human-centered design process into the work of Community Aging in Place – Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE). CAPABLE was developed for low-income seniors to safely ‘age in community.’ CAPABLE teams up a nurse, an occupational therapist and a handyperson to address both the home environment and the strengths of the older adults to improve safety and independence. CAPABLE is operating in Baltimore and 21 other cities around the country. Ashley is working to design ways to communicate the CAPABLE story, onboard new affiliates, and set programs up for success.
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.