Who We Are
Catalyze Research & Consulting, founded in 2012, provides strategic support services to government, non-profit and for-profit organizations in their efforts to create healthy communities. We specialize in health impact assessments, project management, participatory research, community needs assessments, data integration & analysis, policy recommendations, and report writing.
We have longstanding partnerships with several experts in a wide range of content areas including public health, community development, urban planning, affordable housing, food & nutrition and education. In addition we have expertise in urban planning, GIS analysis, data visualization, graphic design and multimedia platforms to be able to complete high quality dissemination packages of our final product.
Catalyze’s work has included leading and managing city and community level health impact assessments; training, mentoring and building capacity for HIAs in local Community Development Corporations; designing and conducting community engagement workshops and facilitating community meetings for contentious groups; and advising on state level panels to establish standardized HIA monitoring and evaluation plans.
Dr. Debarati Majumdar Narayan (Mimi) is founder and director of research and strategies at Catalyze Research and Consulting. With a background in Architectural Engineering and Design, Dr. Narayan received her Ph.D. from Arizona State University (ASU) in Environmental Design and Planning with a specialization in environment-behavior studies. After 12 years of research experience, several national and international presentations and publications and almost 6 years of teaching at ASU, she started her own consulting firm. Her mission is to focus her diverse set of skills and expertise in people-place relations into tangible strategies and policy that support healthy communities. Dr. Narayan has worked on various Health Impact Assessments and is currently engaged in several projects that push forth the Health in All Policy agenda.
Vik Narayan is a media professional with over 20 years experience in the areas of corporate communication, advertising, documentary production, news, public service announcements and media relations. He is co-owner and handles administrative, design and media relations for Catalyze Research and Consulting.
Spark Architecture was founded in Great Falls, Montana in 2012. Spark Architecture teams up with local or national specialists and partners from related industries to complete comprehensive design and development for buildings, landscapes, playgrounds and other built environment features. Spark Architecture currently carries licenses in Arizona and Montana.
St. Luke’s Health Initiatives (SLHI) is on a mission to inform, connect and support efforts to improve the health of individuals and communities in Arizona.
Established following the sale of the St. Luke’s Hospital System to a for-profit corporation in 1996, today SLHI is an independent, non-partisan public foundation with four overarching priorities: (1) increasing access to care and insurance coverage, (2) working with municipal leaders to promote healthy community design, (3) building community-based organizational capacity, and (4) promoting health and healthcare innovations and collaborations.
Over its 19-year history, SLHI has invested more than $98 million into Arizona health and established itself as a key thought leader, convener, framer and catalyst of key health initiatives – ranging from statewide health policy and systems to the local development of community gardens.