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The Center for Health Design
The Center for Health Design


We’re All About Community

The Center for Health Design was born 30 years ago out of the desire to create community.

A small group of visionary trailblazers set out to enlist others in their big idea – that you could measure the impact of the built environment on healthcare outcomes and use those findings to design better, safer, healthier buildings.

Three decades later our greater community has exploded to over 30,000 architects, designers, facilities professionals, owners, educators, students, researchers, solutions providers, clinicians and others, from dozens of countries around the globe.

Along the way, our focus on creating community has led us, together with other key industry partners, to conceive and launch unique groups and gatherings that have become mainstays of our industry, including most notably:

In 1987 the original Symposium on Healthcare Design
In 1993 the Research Council (later the Coalition)
In 1994 The Environmental Quality Work Group (later the Standards Council)
In 2000 The Pebble Project
In 2001 Healthcare Design magazine
In 2003 the Healthcare Design conference
In 2004 The Affiliate Program
In 2007 the Environments for Aging conference and the HERD Journal
In 2009 EDAC Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification
In 2010 the Built Environment Network (BEN)
In 2013 Pebble in Practice Workshops and EBD Journal Club

You get the picture – we like bringing people together to learn, share, create and support in the pursuit of common goals and interests.

Last year we took another big step forward in community building with the launch of our Environment Networks.

Modeled after our highly-regarded and established Built Environment Network, these new networks provide an unmatched collegial experience for senior and executive-level healthcare facilities, design and manufacturing/consulting professionals involved in the design and oversight of distinct environment types – initially pediatric, aging, and behavioral and mental health.

Combining practical problem solving of current issues with thoughtful explorations of future solutions, members engage in ongoing, open, confidential and supportive dialogue during facilitated in-person and virtual meetings throughout the year, and through informal, ongoing, one-on-one connections.

I encourage you to learn more about these exiting new communities here on our website.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Desing for Healthy Aging

September 21, 2023
CEUs Available

Harnessing the Power of Sound in Senior Living — Insights from Sonic Treatment Research in Memory Care
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET

The sonic environment in senior living is comprised of the sounds everyone in a care setting hears all day, every day. Those sounds — which are both enjoyable and irritating — can impact the health and behavioral outcomes of older adults, particularly people living with dementia.

Hear how Garden Spot Village in New Holland, PA studied whether purposeful sonic environments can help reduce the stresses associated with declining physical ability and memory loss.

Learn more and register.


Finding the Evidence — Nursing Home Research that Measures Impacts and Change
12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET

Various forms of research can be used to understand the impacts and outcomes of care and the environment where it is delivered. To evaluate outcomes in nursing homes, researchers studied care environments using PEAK, a state-based, pay-for-performance program that incentivizes person-centered care.

Join this webinar as speakers share multiple methodological approaches and how data-driven information has guided critical programmatic and design decisions. Presenters will share case study examples that definitively connects research to the resulting design of the environment of care.

Learn more and register.

Thanks to our Sponsor Partner Patcraft.


Save on EDAC

Not yet registered for the EDAC Exam? Registered but need exam prep help? Sign up before September 20, 2023 to save 25% on Exam Prep Sessions and save another 25% on Study Guides.

Learn more here.


Tools & Resources

Behavioral & Mental Health Design
Septembet 28, 2023 | All Day

Minneapolis, MN
Affiliate Discounts Apply
CEUs Available

The challenges created by today’s growing mental health and substance abuse crises reach far beyond the behavioral health unit into emergency departments, outpatient clinics and throughout acute care settings.

Join this in-person workshop to hear the latest in design thinking for behavioral healthcare and health settings and state-of-the-art best practices in thought leader presentations, case studies, interactive group exercises and facilitated panel discussions.

Learn more and register.


Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox

Thanks to the support of Accurate Lock & Hardware, Altro, architecture+ and BestCare by Whitehall, our Behavioral & Mental Health Toolbox is open for free access to our entire 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 connecting the built environment to better health outcomes.

Visit the toolbox.

Upcoming Events

9/21 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET, Webinar: Harnessing the Power of Sound in Senior Living — Insights from Sonic Treatment Research in Memory Care

9/21 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET, Webinar: Finding the Evidence — Nursing Home Research that Measures Impacts and Change

9/22 8:30 AM PT / 11:30 AM ET, EDAC Virtual Exam Prep Series; Session 1 of 3 (Session 2, 9/29; Session 3, 10/6)

9/28 All Day, In-Person Workshop: Behavioral and Mental Health Design: Design Innovations that Improve the Lives of Patients and Staff; Minneapolis, MN

11/4-7, Conference: 2023 Healthcare Design Conference + Expo

11/4 8:00 AM CT, Conference: W01 - Coaching Workshop: Practical Application of Evidence-Based Design

11/5 9:45 AM CT, Conference: E01 - Forget Me Not — Insights Gleaned from Memory Care Environmental Assessment Tools

11/5 2:00 PM CT, Conference: E27 - Health Versus Safety? Evidence-Based Design for Behavioral and Mental Health

11/5 2:00 PM CT, Conference: D02 - Building a Resilient Recovery from the Pandemic

11/6 8:00 AM CT, Conference: The Center for Health Design Awards Ceremony and Changemaker Keynote

11/6 9:30 AM CT, Conference: E42 - Research Matters - Ten Picks for the Year

11/6 12:30 PM CT, Conference: A16 - Bench to Bedside and Journal to Drawing Board: Translating Research into Practice

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.


Member Project: Holyoke Medical Center

Holyoke Medical Center offers inpatient and outpatient services for adults with mental health and substance abuse issues. To create a suitable behavioral health center, Unicel Architectural furnished nearly 70 window units on two different floors to provide ample natural light, precision temperature, privacy and sound control.

Read about the project.


Slidecast: Balancing the Human Touch with the Need for Integrating Technology in Ambulatory Surgical Environments

Major advances in medical technology have led to rapid growth in outpatient surgery. While many of these advances are beneficial for healthcare organizations and patients, there is still very little research focused on how the design of ambulatory surgery centers affects nursing work or the critical interactions between staff, patients, and families.

To explore this relationship, a research team focused on the interactions among staff, patients, and their families, and how the spatial layout and configuration affected the integration of new technology.

Watch the slidecast.

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Industry News Briefs

Green Healing for All through Landscape Planning, Design

Thoughtful landscape design and planned green space at healthcare facilities can directly contribute to the patient’s healing process, but it can also reduce stigma, improve wayfinding and increase community acceptance. And when landscaping and greenery has a measurable impact, it becomes inarguably worth the investment.
Medical Construction & Design Magazine,

Brain Health, Education to Extend Memory Care Services

Assisted living residents are living with more than 14 chronic conditions, on average; and no doubt some of them are related to cognitive decline. And while many of these residents may not yet need full-blown memory care services, operators are embracing the idea that they can still benefit from memory care services in the years preceding a potential diagnosis.
Senior Housing News,

Choose Healthy, Sustainable Finishes for Healthcare Facilities

When designing healthcare projects, it can be especially challenging to find finishes suitable for a clinical environment that are also healthy and sustainable. Specifying the most appropriate materials involves a strategic balance of multiple and often competing factors regardless of the project type, but healthcare projects in particular have heightened requirements for finishes.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Planning for Inclusivity in Health Care Facilities

A majority of those seeking care in hospitals and outpatient facilities today are patients over 65 years of age. Because of the shortness of typical patient stays or visits in these settings, the focus is usually on the patients’ reasons for being there — their diagnoses. However, to achieve a better experience for patients, designers are encouraged to evaluate the demographics of those using these settings. The insights gained can lead to designs that support inclusivity and equity for facility users (including staff) of all ages and abilities.
Health Facilities Management Magazine,

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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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