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Look Back, Look Forward

Business colleagues and personal friends know that I’m generally an eternally optimistic, always forward-looking kind of person.

I loved the days our management team spent in early December doing 3-year strategic planning, brainstorming amazing new educational programs and formats, events, technologies and advocacy initiatives.

Before all our focus shifts to the excitement of “what’s next”, the start of the New Year provides an equally important opportunity to look back at a remarkable 2022.

I can’t blame you if, in the flurry of holiday activities and in-box full of e-wishes, you might have missed the link at the bottom of our holiday e-card summarizing all that we – with the support of our incredible members, partners, industry leaders and friends – were able to accomplish last year.

Take a moment to just scan this list – it’s really a testament to what we can achieve working together to create and leverage research, education and advocacy that moves healthcare forward.

Thanks for the role you have played in making this all possible.

And now I have one small, easy favor to ask…

If you’re an Amazon user, would you please consider making the non-profit Center for Health Design a beneficiary of your Amazon purchases? By signing up for AmazonSmile, every time you shop, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to the charitable organization of your choice – no fees, costs or fuss.

That may seem like a small amount, but in a community as large as ours, it could really add up and help support our healthcare design industry work.

Just go to smile.amazon.com, select Center for Health Design as your charity, and you’re done! Next time you shop, start at smile.amazon.com and the rest is automatic.

Thanks again for a wonderful year together and a new year of exciting new adventures and accomplishments!

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Design for Healthy Aging

January 26, 2023
8:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM EST
CEUs Available

As individuals age, physical, mental, and societal challenges become more prevalent. This half-day virtual workshop explores those obstacles and discusses programming and design interventions that can assist individuals and care givers.

Join us as expert faculty present examples that integrate architecture, design and technology into living environments that are not only safe, but foster wellness and longevity.

Learn more and register here.

Presented at no cost
thanks to the support of
our sponsor partners


Become EDAC Certified
In 2023... Risk Free!

Make 2023 the year you add the EDAC credential to your name. Take advantage of this risk-free offer – if you register for the exam by January 31st, you get 10% off the exam now, you can take it any time this year, and you get one free re-take.

For even more savings, if you order the Study Guides by the 31st you'll get a 50% discount on Online EDAC Prep Sessions, free prep video access, a 24-hour webinar pass, and free digital EDAC flash cards.  

Get complete details here.


Free Tools & Resources

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 open for free access to our entire healthcare design community.

Visit the toolbox.

Webinar: Sound Judgement: Using Sound to Amplify Health and Wellbeing in Environments for Aging

Delve into the critical role sound plays in promoting a healthy environment and consider important questions to ask when designing or updating environments for people as they age. This webinar shares insights to promote health and wellbeing for aging populations (especially those with dementia) and their caregivers.

Watch the webinar.

Upcoming Events

Get These Events on Your Calendar

1/26 8:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM EST, Workshop: Design for Healthy Aging: Research and Best Practices Across the Continuum of Care

3/17 9:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST, EDAC Exam Prep: Study Guide 1 – An Introduction to Evidence-Based Design

3/17, Deadline: 2023 Healthcare Design Conference + Expo Changemaker Award Nominations

4/15, Environments for Aging 2023 Conference + Expo

Save These 2023 Workshop Dates

3/23, The Future of Healthcare (Virtual)

5/25, Behavioral and Mental Health Design (Virtual)

7/27, Modular Design and Prefabrication (Virtual)

9/28, Behavioral and Mental Health Design (In-person)

Get Workshop Updates Here

Classic Resources

Slidecast: Impact of Distance on Stroke Inpatients’ Mobility in Rehabilitation Clinics: A Shadowing Study

Failure to rehabilitate after experiencing a stroke typically results in admission to long-term care. While the stakes are high, understanding how size and spatial configuration of settings can support wayfinding and help patients overcome mobility barriers is unclear.

This study was undertaken to evaluate the impact of distance between spaces in rehabilitation clinics on mobility. Longer distances increased the number of mobility barriers within five identified categories for all patients, with no significant difference between patients’ mobility levels.

This slidecast demonstrates that the spatial needs and independent mobility of stroke patients can be improved through building layouts with short distances and carefully planned routes between destinations.

View the slidecast.

Industry News Briefs

Dementia: Lifestyle Habits Are Way More Important Than We Think

In the past decade, important strides have been made in the fight against dementia. A critical win in this context has been the debunking of the notion that cognitive decline and dementia are a natural part of getting older. Current evidence indicates in fact that an individual’s lifestyle may be more important than we realize in determining dementia risk, and this comes with significant clinical implications for how we treat older people.”
MedCity News,

How Design May Prevent Burnout Within Healthcare Facilities

Given the challenges of the last two years, staff burnout is at an all-time high. It has gotten to a point where top healthcare executives are citing burnout as one of their top concerns. To improve the daily lives of healthcare workers, companies have begun redesigning spaces to employees’ needs. Healthcare Facilities Today spoke with Jeff Simcik, principal and healthcare market sector leader with HED – Dallas on the way architects are making design choices to help prevent staff burnout in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Can Infection Control be Environmentally Sustainable?

COVID-19 resulted in millions of tons of health care-related waste. From buying reusable gowns to educating staff on the difference between hazardous and nonhazardous waste, here’s what teaching hospitals are doing to protect people and the environment.
AAMCNews,

‘Work as Done’ Studies Aid Hospital Design

To better design projects, health care design professionals often spend time learning what goes on in health care facilities on a typical day. User groups, client meetings and site visits inform this general understanding. But when we are not in the buildings on a daily basis, how can we know what really goes on?
Health Facilities Management Magazine,

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