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JUNE 2022

Juneteenth at The Center

This year, for the first time since becoming a Federal holiday, The Center will be recognizing Juneteenth by closing our office. It’s a holiday that despite having been celebrated in the African American community for nearly 160 years, many of us might not know its origin and meaning.

Two years after the 1863 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, over 250,000 African Americans were still enslaved in confederate Texas. An executive order, signed on June 19, 1865, finally extended emancipation to all black Americans. This day, often referred to as our country’s “second Independence Day”, became known as Juneteenth.

You can learn more about Juneteenth here from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Reflecting the vision and values of our Just Health Design task force (A world where design is just, equitable, and inclusive), our staff will be taking part in Juneteenth in a variety of ways. Here are some of the activities we have been sharing in our staff meetings that we hope might give you inspiration!

  1. Learn & share. We’ve recently hosted some events exploring what we can do as an industry to make our healthcare environments more equitable, accessible and inclusive. Watch these open access recordings and discuss with your teams or colleagues:
  2. Celebrate. This year, Juneteenth falls on Father’s Day. While you’re celebrating, take a moment to acknowledge the meaning of the day with your family.
  3. Reflect. After so much pain and loss in recent days and years, this is a day to recognize the gift of life and freedom.
  4. Register to vote/Check your voter status. One of the first things that black people did once word came through of the Emancipation Proclamation was to register to vote.

Celebrate and be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


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Free Tools & Resources

Voices of the Industry: Back to the Future - Time to Reflect, Regroup, Rethink

Thursday, June 23
10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT

Coming out of the pandemic, health systems are beginning to look to the future. They are wrestling with new issues that are very different than the pain points that they had two years ago.

As they assess where they are now, they must rethink how to utilize their current and future space and take into consideration: new models of work, changes in care delivery, modernization, growth and efficiency.

Join us to hear candid and revealing insights from senior healthcare executives responsible for their organizations’ facility design on current challenges within health systems, and key considerations informing their decision making.

Register here.

Impact of Aging Toolbox

As people live longer, managing the needs of the aging population is more important than ever. Thanks to the support of Patcraft our Impact of Aging Toolbox is now open for free access to our entire healthcare design community.

Visit the toolbox.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

6/20, Deadline: 2022 Healthcare Environment Awards Submissions

6/16 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, Webinar: Leveraging Prefabrication to Achieve Project Design Goals

6/16 12:00 PM PDT / 3:00 PM EDT, Webinar: Prefabricated Bathrooms: Planning Strategies for Healthcare Projects

6/17, Deadline: 2023 Environments for Aging Conference + Expo Submissions

6/21 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, Webinar: Designing Alternate Telehealth Locations for Access, Infection Control and Privacy

6/23 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, Voices of the Industry Webinar: Back to the Future - Time to Reflect, Regroup, Rethink

6/24 8:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM EDT, Coaching Workshop: Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design

7/14 10:00 AM PDT / 1:00 PM EDT, Webinar: Sleep Math: More Daytime Light = Better Nighttime Sleep for Older Adults

7/28 8:30 AM PDT / 11:30 AM EDT, Workshop: Modular Design and Prefabrication: Balancing Better and Faster with Quality

Classic Resources

Tool: Design for Behavioral and Mental Health: A Universal Approach & Benefit Analysis

Design interventions to improve well-being for patients with behavioral and mental health conditions will often have impacts on staff, visitors and non-BMH patients who use the same facility.

By evaluating the system-wide impact of potential design features, you will be able to purposefully accentuate benefits and reduce risks to other populations and conduct a more accurate benefit analysis.

Visit the tool.

Interactive Design Diagram: Medical-Surgical Patient Room

Medical-surgical patient rooms constitute a significant component of a hospital building project, with a large body of research evidence and best practice knowledge for designers to draw upon in order to create a design that successfully addresses unique project issues.

Visit our Medical-Surgical Patient Room diagram to see the link between the evidence base, design strategies, and desired outcomes in a visually intuitive and actionable format.

Industry News Briefs

Healthcare Wayfinding Evolves During Pandemic

Signage in hospitals and other healthcare facilities is a critical resource for helping patients, residents, employees and visitors find their way around buildings. Since the onset of COVID-19, less support staff have been available to give directions. Wayfinding has increased its presence in order to better promote social distancing and further protect occupants of and visitors to healthcare facilities.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Providers Choose Their Words Carefully When Pushing for Telehealth

The terms telehealth, telemedicine, virtual care and digital health are often used interchangeably, but that doesn’t mean they should be. Understanding how different stakeholders use telehealth terms is key to effectively communicating about the care modality — a crucial consideration as its permanent coverage status remains undetermined.
MedCity News,

Caregivers Provide Essential Design Guidance

More architecture and consulting firms are employing nurses on their teams, and health care facilities are including clinical liaisons on design teams to advocate for the voice of the caregiver. The shift is rooted in factors including the realization that nurse input can prevent costly efficiency mistakes and improve staff and patient satisfaction.
Health Facilities Management Magazine,

A Framework for Designing Excellent Virtual Health Care

COVID-19 has sped the adoption of virtual care, or the provision of health services remotely in a synchronous or asynchronous fashion. No longer just a convenient enhancement to in-person clinical care, virtual care is needed by patients, clinicians, care teams, and health systems alike. But the gap between the promise and the reality of virtual care is substantial: The stakeholders often don’t get what they need while trying their best to navigate a new paradigm.
Harvard Business Review,

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