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The Center for Health Design


APRIL 2023

A Long Life Well Lived

Dear Colleague,

As we head off to Charlotte tomorrow for this year’s Environments for Aging Conference & Expo, I’m thinking about not only the professional learnings in store, but the personal ones as well.

It’s impossible to spend three days immersed in the care and housing challenges faced by our exploding aging population, and not think about the lives of your aging parents, family, or your own future.

At the same time, you can’t help but be amazed and uplifted by the passion and innovation of our industry to create environments and products designed to enhance the health, safety, wellbeing, longevity, and yes, the happiness of aging adults.

If you’re not able to make it to EFA this year, you can still take in many of the latest advances in design for aging available in The Center’s extensive online offerings of research, tools and resources, including:

Impact of Aging Toolkit: Normally available only to Affiliate+ members, thanks to support from Patcraft the toolkit is open to all. It contains a vast array of CHD created and curated content.

Interactive Design Diagrams: With applications to Universal Design, Healthcare at Home and Aging in Place, they illustrate the link between the evidence base, design strategies and desired outcomes.

Knowledge Repository: Free access to over 500 aging-related articles, research summaries and citations.

Searching for “aging” or other related topics in our Insights & Solutions Resource Library will yield hundreds of results.

May you and those around you enjoy a long life well lived. I hope to see you in Charlotte!

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Two Free Behavioral Health Webinars

Caregiver Well-being in Mental and Behavioral Healthcare Environments
April 27, 2023
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
FREE | CEUs Available

Maintaining adequate staffing for behavioral healthcare is a crisis of its own. Learn about the challenges creating this condition and design solutions to improve caregiver wellbeing.

Learn more and register.


D3 — The Intersection of Diagnosis, Dignity and Design for Behavioral and Mental Health Communities in Crisis
April 27, 2023
12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET
FREE | CEUs Available

Thanks to federal recovery funding the number of community crisis facilities are growing exponentially. Hear guidance on planning, design, construction and regulatory responsiveness.

Learn more and register.

Thanks to our Sponsor Partners: Stance Behavioral Health, BestCare by Whitehall, Norix, Pineapple, Accurate Lock & Hardware, Moduform, Safehinge Primera and Spec.


Remembering Industry Leader Tib Tussler

The Center mourns the passing of friend and colleague Wilbur (Tib) Tussler, Jr., FAIA, FACHA. Tib was an early proponent of using credible research to inform design decisions, a stalwart leader, and a mentor and friend to many. We will miss his voice in our industry.


Free Tools & Resources

On The Way to Inclusivity: Drawing Towards Racial Equity in Healthcare Architecture & Design

May 11, 2023
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
FREE | CEUs Available

The US is home to stark and persistent racial disparities in health coverage, chronic health conditions, mental health and mortality. Apart from racial and ethnic disparities, other populations, including the disabled, LGBTQ, and those of lower socioeconomic status, experience inequalities in the system.

Representation matters, but real substantive participation matters more. Attend to hear how we as programmers, designers, and planners can influence inclusive healthcare environments that serve everyone.

Learn more and register.

Impact of Aging Toolbox

Thanks to the generous support of Patcraft, our Impact of Aging Toolbox – normally available only to Affiliate+ members – is open for free access to our entire healthcare design community.

Comprised of content authored and curated by The Center's research staff, the toolbox contains a vast array of design research, resources and tools for creating environments and solutions, across the continuum of care, that support and nurture a safe, healthy and long life.

Visit the toolbox.

Upcoming Events

4/15, Environments for Aging 2023 Conference + Expo

4/15 8:00 AM ET, EFA Pre-Conference Coaching Workshop: Putting Evidence-Based Design into Practice for Person-Centered Care in Senior Living

4/17 9:00 AM ET, EFA Conference: Awards Ceremony and Changemaker Keynote

4/27 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: Caregiver Well-being in Mental and Behavioral Healthcare Environments

4/27 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET, Webinar: D3 — The Intersection of Diagnosis, Dignity and Design for Behavioral and Mental Health Communities in Crisis

4/28 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET, Webinar: New Investigator Award Informational Session

5/5 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET, Affiliate Member Connections Call (must be an Affiliate Member to attend)

5/11 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: On The Way to Inclusivity: Drawing Towards Racial Equity in Healthcare Architecture & Design

5/11-13, Cornell Institute for Health Futures Symposium and Workshop, Ithaca, NY

5/19 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, EBD Journal Club: Hospitals of the Future: Designing Interactive Robotic Systems for Resilient Emergency Departments

5/25 8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET, Workshop: Behavioral & Mental Health: Design to Meet Current and Rising Needs

Classic Resources

The Center for Health Design Job Board

The Center's Job Board is a resource for those seeking positions or prospective employees in healthcare architecture, design, facility planning or other related fields.

Purchase a job posting – either 30, 60, or 90 days – or browse what is currently needed by companies or organizations that support our mission of improving the quality of healthcare.

Browse current listings.


EBD Journal Club: Built Environment Design Interventions at the Exits of Secured Dementia Care Units: A Review of the Empirical Literature

Built environment design is recognized as important in the care and management of responsive behaviors for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in secured care units.

The repetitious behavior of “walking with purpose” (previously termed wandering) in those with dementia has influenced safety-related design components to decrease exiting attempts. However, empirical literature addressing design interventions to prevent exiting is lacking and outdated.

Hear an experimental study assessing interior design interventions and advance your understanding of what might affect the future of design related to dementia care.

See the project.

Industry News Briefs

How Can Hospital Bed Design Impact Care?

There’s no doubt about it, patient care is a priority across the healthcare system. And while there are many aspects to patient care, there are some internal features in hospitals that are lacking: beds. We have the technology to improve the patient experience and patient outcomes through improving their beds, but not every hospital is up to speed.
MarketScale,

Using Artwork to Alleviate Patient Anxiety

Positive distractions in hospitals, including playrooms, indoor gardens, and art installations, can help improve the patient experience and promote healing by helping to alleviate worrisome thoughts and focus. But with hospital budgets stretched thin by lower reimbursement rates and rising labor, equipment, and supply costs, these solutions could easily be deemed as “nice to haves” rather than “need to haves.”
Healthcare Design Magazine,

How Can Senior Care Facilities Attract Families to Visit?

The next generation of senior citizens will have their own wants and needs. A paramount need will be getting their families to come and visit them. This is a challenge in and of itself, as it takes more than just changing the perception of retirement homes. It will take rethinking and redesigning the retirement home experience.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Pediatric Mental Health Tops Patient Safety Concerns

Each year, nonprofit ECRI creates a list of the industry’s top ten patient safety concerns. This year, the pediatric mental health crisis topped the list, above other important issues like violence against healthcare staff and clinicians being expected to work outside their scope of practice.
MedCity News,


Contact our VP Relationship Development Randy Carter, rcarter@healthdesign.org, (541) 965-1922.

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The Center for Health Design is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is to transform healthcare environments for a healthier, safer world through design research, education and advocacy. Learn more. For information about sponsor or partnership opportuniteis, contact our VP of Relationship Development, Randy Carter.

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