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History in the Making

I know we can all agree, this has been a year like no other. The pandemic and societal shifts have affected everyone, allowing each of us to challenge our approaches to our work and personal lives.

These stressors on ourselves, our friends and family, our organization and our community helped 2020 usher in a growing awareness of the importance of behavioral and mental health. This year has seen an alarming uptick of people seeking help for anxiety and depression.

How can we as a community of architects, designers and manufacturers be a part of continuing to find solutions to help combat these feelings and help to create a healthier, safer and more just society?  The Center has been fortunate to have gathered industry leaders who have shared their thoughts and experiences as this year has unfolded - in hopes of helping our community to not only address these issues, but to inspire future designs. Take a look at some of these resulting resources:

I am looking forward to continuing the research and gathering the resources we need to help our communities emerge stronger, better equipped to address the inequities of care, the mental health issues and the latest solutions in pandemic design.

Wishing you a safe and healthy holiday season,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


To submit your presentation for the 2021 HCD Expo & Conference

Are you a content expert that would like to share your knowledge at the 2021 HCD Expo & Conference? We are currently accepting presentation proposals for educational sessions and roundtable discussions. Submit presentation ideas for consideration around:

  • patient safety and satisfaction
  • ambulatory care
  • remodeling/renovations
  • impact of technology
  • clinical perspectives
  • high performance hospitals
  • sustainable practices design for wellness
  • innovations in facility planning & management
  • design challenges & solutions
  • specialty facilities and/or departments
  • strategies for financing & operations
  • international trends & practices
  • healthcare at home
  • projects/initiatives that advance equity and social justice
  • other topics of relevance to the healthcare design industry

Presentation Proposal Submission Deadline is January 21, 2021

Learn more and submit




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Free Tools & Resources

Case Study: Design Solutions to Improve Healthcare Access and Outcomes - Adelante Healthcare Mesa

Adelante Healthcare is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) established in 1979. The center provides comprehensive preventive and primary care through its nine health centers located throughout the Maricopa County in Arizona and neighboring areas.

With a mission to serve low-income, uninsured or underinsured populations, Adelante engages in a patient-centered medical home model of care to achieve population health objectives. About 75% of Adelante’s patients live below 200% of the federal poverty level.


Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

12/17, Webinar: Alternative Care Delivery: an In-Car Care Unit and Automobile-based Ambulatory Care Platform

12/17,Webinar: The Two Way Street: Integrated Care and Design Innovations in the Evolution of the Community Health Center

12/21, HCD Expo & Conference Call for Presenations Deadline

1/14, EBD Journal Club: Backstage Staff Communication: The Effects of Different Levels of Visual Exposure to Patients

1/29, Coaching Workshop: Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design

Classic Resources

Interactive Design Diagrams

Healthcare is provided in a variety of settings, from a person’s home to outpatient clinics, to the hospital. This set of interactive diagrams provides a link between the evidence base, design strategies, and desired outcomes – in a visually intuitive and actionable format.

Population Health: A Checklist for An Integrated Approach

This tool provides healthcare designers and professionals with population health principles/goals and how environmental, operational, and people measures can be implemented to achieve said goal.

Industry News Briefs

Vertical Hospital Development On The Rise


Once a novelty, the idea of the vertical hospital has gained traction over the past decade as healthcare providers looked to serve patient populations in urban centers. Given the high cost of urban land, building up rather than out is the most feasible approach in a densely populated urban center. While the COVID-19 pandemic has raised new concerns about disease spread in high-rise buildings, leading practices in vertical healthcare design can help safeguard patients and caregivers alike.
HC+O News,

Strategies for Accomodating Higher Patient Volumes

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed our healthcare system in the U.S. like nothing before. The impact for hospital facilities in particular has been deeply felt in many ways Even though some areas of the country didn’t have the large number of critical patients that was first anticipated, it was still a wake-up call that hospitals need to be better prepared for future patient surges.
Healthcare Design,

How Hospitals Can Prepare for Future of Higher Acuity Care

America’s hospitals are managing care for increasingly sick patients—and not just because of rising cases of COVID-19. Since outpatient services began moving out of downtown hospital towers decades ago and into medical office buildings, standalone surgery centers and even strip malls, hospitals have been tasked with treating the highest-acuity patients, those who need specialized, concentrated and round-the-clock care.
Medical Construction & Design,

Using Tech to Improve Patient Engagement In The New Normal


Although it has struggled to keep pace with other industries in digital adoption, the healthcare industry can move fast when it must. The industry’s response to COVID-19 makes that clear. Almost overnight, the healthcare ecosystem took action to provide care for those in need and expanded access through telehealth at a scale never seen before. Looking ahead, there is an opportunity to use this tragedy as a spark for positive change – to sustain and accelerate the digital advances made to engage patients more effectively and reshape healthcare.
Becker's Hospital Review,

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