Planning, Designing, and Building for Health: Healthcare Facilities as a Source of Health Promotion

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Uncover key opportunities, responsibilities and challenges for the health sector in designing and building facilities that promote community health. Past and current strategies in designing healthcare facilities to be “healthy buildings” have focused on environmental sustainability and environmental health issues, such as the siting of buildings and the use of “green” materials.

Given the current understanding about the impact of the built environment on health, designers, architects, and facilities executives can leverage their knowledge and successes in building “green” facilities to build or renovate healthcare facilities so that they also promote public health by encouraging physical activity. This includes strategies such as linking the campus to a bus or metro stop, creating welcoming stairwells and providing walking trails on campus to promote walking. Speakers from three different fields (public health, healthcare facilities, and design/architecture) will discuss the key responsibilities, opportunities and challenges in this work.
Brainstorm ways to address problems encountered in building healthcare facilities that promote health. This session is geared towards facilities executives, planners, public health professionals, and clinical champions interested in making healthcare facilities a source of prevention and wellness.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, Adjunct Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health
* John Kouletsis, National Director of Strategy, Planning, and Design, Kaiser Permanente
* John Pangrazio, FAIA, FACHA Partner, NBBJ Architects
* Michael Hrast, Project Director, NFS Capital Projects Modesto
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
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