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The Center for Health Design
The Center for Health Design

JUNE 2023


Dear Colleague,

In the year following the covid outbreak we, like many organizations, pivoted quickly to online learning and events, and experienced a massive surge in attendance at our virtual webinars and workshops. 

Fast forward three years… while more virtual events have become part of the “new normal”, attendance has settled down as folks return to more in-person events for those human interactions that virtual just can’t fully replicate. 

There’s been one exception – our events and programs addressing design’s role in improving behavioral and mental health outcomes continue to attract growing interest.

Sadly I guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Twenty-one percent of US adults and 30.6% of youth under 25 experienced a mental health condition, and those numbers show no signs of abating.

The Center remains committed to helping the design community learn, improve its skills and practices, and access research and resources so that we can do our part to ease the pain and suffering.

Right now, open access to our Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox enables anyone to utilize our extensive library of issue briefs, executive summaries, interviews, project briefs, design tools, case studies, webinars and more to inform your team and projects.

In September we’re hosting an in-person Behavioral & Mental Health Design Workshop in Minneapolis – a deep-dive, roll-up-your-sleeves, collaborative experience to expand your understanding, strategies and network. Attendance is limited to just 150 and early registration is now open.

Finally, we’re currently accepting applications for our Behavioral and Mental Health Environment Network. For senior healthcare facilities, design and industry solution professionals, it combines in-person and virtual meetings with one-on-one exchanges to share ideas, solutions and resources in an open and collegial forum. For more information contact Randy Carter.

We’ll continue to prioritize this healthcare design imperative. I hope you will, too.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Modular Design & Prefabrication

July 27, 2023
8:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM ET
Affiliate Discounts Apply
CEUs Available

New and evolving prefab solutions provide healthcare architects, designers and providers with vast creative opportunities, customization and flexibility above and beyond what is typically possible – and affordable – in traditional drywall construction.

Explore prefab’s challenges and opportunities with healthcare facility, design and fabrication leaders in interactive scenario breakouts, exchanging ideas and strategies while raising your prefab fluency and readiness.

Learn more and register.

Thanks to our Sponsor Partners: Accurate Lock & Hardware, Boldt, Mark III and Patcraft.


Get Access to EDAC Study Videos

If one of your goals is to become EDAC certified, now is a good time to complete it - and we'd like to make it a little easier for you to take that first step!

Register for the EDAC Exam by July 31st to get three months of free access to the EDAC exam prep videos. That’s $265 in savings!

To take advantage of this offer, register for the exam and you will be emailed a unique link for the study videos.

Learn more and register.


Free Tools & Resources

Modular Design & Prefabrication
June 15, 2023

CEUs Available

How Prefabrication is Revolutionizing Construction Processes
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET

As the demand for healthcare facilities continues to rise, the industry is constantly looking for ways to build more with less, while maintaining quality. Learn about the prefabrication market status over the next decade and its impact on cost and sustainability.

Learn more and register.

Sustainable Construction Through Prefabrication
12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET

Speed to market in construction is of utmost importance for health systems, and the need for sustainable solutions adds another level of complexity. Hear how prefabrication can reduce carbon footprint and benefit project owners and clients.

Learn more and register.


Upcoming Events

Get These Events on Your Calendar

6/15 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: Building for Better Healthcare: How Prefabrication is Revolutionizing Construction Processes

6/15 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET, Webinar: Sustainable Construction Through Prefabrication

6/16, Deadline: Joseph G Sprague New Investigator Award RFP

6/22 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Voices of the Industry Webinar: The Evolution of Design Standards

6/27, Deadline: 2024 Environments for Aging Conference + Expo Call for Presentations

6/29 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Safehinge Primera Webinar: The Evolution of Risk in Inpatient Behavioral Health & Key Design Insights

7/27 8:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM ET, Workshop: Modular Design and Prefabrication: Balancing Better and Faster with Quality

9/28 9:00 AM ET, Minneapolis, MI Workshop: Behavioral and Mental Health: Design to Meet the Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

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.


Webinar: Modernizing the Behavioral Healthcare Care Team Station

As the treatment and model of care for inpatient behavioral health continuously evolves, so too should the physical environment in which care is delivered.

With a heightened focus on patient dignity, staff safety and improved technology, now is the time to re-think the future of the behavioral health care team station.

Hear experts share their interdisciplinary perspectives as they evaluage cutting-edge design solutions that can transform the future of care team stations in inpatient behavioral health settings.

Watch the webinar.

Industry News Briefs

Designing Behavioral Health Facilities for Patients and Staff

The design of behavioral health facilities is heavily influenced by specific guidelines that emphasize prioritizing safety, but there is a constant need to adapt these environments to address new safety concerns. While guidelines are essential for design, it is important to remember they are only guidelines. Designers are responsible for enhancing best practices from these principles and engaging with clinicians to understand their needs.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Intentional Design for Mental and Behavioral Healthcare

We’re in the middle of a mental health care crisis. Needs are on the rise. At the same time, there’s a severe shortage of mental health professionals. The number of mental health beds are declining. The emergency department (ED) is the de-facto front door for behavior health crises, and yet these departments are understaffed, overwhelmed, and ill-equipped to navigate the layered complexities of highly demanding physical and behavioral health needs.
Building Design + Construction,

Facilities That Support Behavioral Health Care

One of the most sensitive topics in health care is behavioral care, and the conversation around design of these spaces is no different. Two goals are often at the center of current care models for behavioral health: safety and healing. Designers must always balance multiple priorities. Building on prior research for an evaluation framework, a study by Shepley and colleagues assesses the difference between importance and effectiveness of features in three U.S.-based inpatient behavioral health facilities.
HFM Magazine,

Mental Healthcare Efforts Benefit Patients and Providers

Recognizing exceptional mental healthcare providers can lead to improved patient outcomes. Patients tend to have a better experience when they feel appreciated and valued. Acknowledging the efforts of mental healthcare providers can enhance the quality of care provided and, in turn, lead to better patient outcomes.
MedCity News,

Ask about Digital Sponsor Promotion opportunities

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


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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