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The Center for Health Design
The Center for Health Design

APRIL 2024

Stronger Together

In the early days of The Center, over 30 years ago, we frequently quoted these inspiring words by famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead as our unofficial vision statement: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”

As one of the few, loud and sometimes lonely voices advocating for the importance of the built environment in healthcare, we found encouragement and purpose in her words.

After our recent experience at our first PDC Summit, in the company of ten other like-minded, non-profit, professional industry associations – all motivated solely by the desire to improve the healthcare experience – Helen Keller’s famous admonition now rings truer for us and our future: ”Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

We came to the PDC Summit as the Strategic Educational Collaborator and a new Supporting Organization with the goal of enhancing engagement between the healthcare design and provider communities to further advance improvements in health, safety and business outcomes.

On the PDC stage, sitting alongside my fellow organization leaders – deeply committed, collaborative, and brilliant in their disciplines, and representing the full spectrum of built environment stakeholders – I saw greater potential than ever for meaningful, measurable and lasting change in the healthcare environment.

We’re proud, grateful, excited and optimistic about the future this group promises and is uniquely positioned to deliver: ASHE American Society for Health Care Engineering, NIHD Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design, IAHSS International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety, FGI Facility Guidelines Institute, APIC Association for Professionals in Infection Control, ACHA American College of Healthcare Architects, AAH AIA Academy of Architecture for Health, AAHID American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers, and AORN Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses.

The answers are here. We’re happy to be playing on this amazing team!

Be Well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Two Free Behavioral Health Webinars

Cardboard Meets AI: Innovative Design Prototyping for Behavioral Health Spaces
April 18, 2024
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET
FREE | CEUs Available

Can we use artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance interactive, hands-on mental health design mock-up exercises? The answer is yes! Learn about an experimental design process that combines typical analog mock-up with the power of generative AI in behavioral health spaces.

Learn more and register.


Stronger Together: Inside the Design Process for a Community Model of Behavioral Health Care
April 18, 2024
12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET
FREE | CEUs Available

In response to a plan to reform Washington State’s behavioral health system and improve access to care, an innovative and immersive programming and design process for several new community-based facilities was employed. Explore the benefits of community-based treatment, lessons learned after 12 months of occupancy, and future opportunities under consideration.

Learn more and register.


Thanks to our Sponsor Partners: Accurate Lock & Hardware, Altro, Architecture+, BestCare by Whitehall, ModuForm, Norix, Pineapple, Spec and Stance Behavioral Health


We Invite You

Behavioral & Mental Health Workshop: Design for Supportive and Responsive Care Settings

May 23, 2024
8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET
FREE | 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 virtual workshop to hear the latest in design thinking for behavioral healthcare settings and state-of-the-art best practices through thought leader presentations, case studies, interactive group exercises and panel discussions.

Learn more and register.

Thanks to our Sponsor Partners: Accurate Lock & Hardware, Altro, BestCare by Whitehall, ModuForm, Norix, Pineapple, Spec and Stance Behavioral Health


Industry Opportunities

Tusler Research Prize

Have you had a peer reviewed journal article published within the last two years? If so, consider submitting your work for the Tusler Research Prize. 

Honoring the healthcare architecture leader Tib Tusler, Jr. FAIA, and his architect father Wilber Tusler, FAIA, the Foundation for Health Environments Research will recognize the submission assessed to have the greatest impact on healthcare design with a $1,000 prize.

More information here.

NIHD Daisy Award

The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design’s Daisy Award is awarded to extraordinary nurses who are actively engaged in healthcare design. If you know someone who has exhibited creativity and innovation in healthcare space processes and advocated for the integration of evidence-based design practices into healthcare design, nominate them for a Daisy Award!

More information here.

Upcoming Events

4/12 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET, EDAC Virtual Exam Prep Series; Session 2 of 3 (Session 3, 4/19) Missed the first session? You can still sign up!

4/18 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET, Cardboard Meets AI: Innovative Design Prototyping for Behavioral Health Spaces

4/18 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET, Stronger Together: Inside the Design Process for a Community Model of Behavioral Health Care

4/19 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET, EDAC Virtual Exam Prep Series; Session 3 of 3

5/23 8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET, Virtual Workshop: Behavioral & Mental Health: Design for Supportive and Responsive Care Settings

7/30 8:00 AM PT / 11:00 AM ET, Virtual Workshop: Drivers in Healthcare: Perspectives and Conversations Influencing a New Healthcare Landscape

9/17, 9:00 AM PT, In-Person Workshop, Los Angeles, CA: Behavioral and Mental Health: New Directions in Care and Design of Environments to Support that Care


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. Browse what is currently needed by companies or organizations that support our mission of improving the quality of healthcare.

Browse current listings.

Design for Dignity Conference
June 4-5, Boston, MA

ILN & Beneficent have teamed up to bring content and connection that will inspire minds and nourish hearts. Designed for the people fighting the good fight every day to improve health and wellness, hear from those who are leading transformation through storytelling, impact sessions and future-forward workshops.

Learn more and register here.

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Industry News Briefs

Infection Control in Long-Term Care Facilities

Having programs in place and even an infection preventionist on staff are critical to infection control. Infection prevention and control is not only important in general healthcare settings, but especially in long-term care facilities. Having a solid program in place is essential for routing dangerous pathogens.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Emerging Technologies for Health Care Building

Health care projects provide a particularly interesting venue for experimentation in the construction field, given their diverse use cases, layouts, organizations and partners. From virtual visualization and robotics to advanced prefabrication and site logistics, health care design professionals are navigating a dynamic landscape of competitive technological advancements.
HFM Magazine,

Transforming Substance Use Disorder Facilities

Over the past 15 years, research has demonstrated the importance of physical spaces and their impact on people’s moods and ability to work, heal, or learn. Substance use disorder (SUD) facility designers are increasingly turning to “evidence-based design” to support patients better.
Behavioral Health Business,

How the Design of Hospitals Impacts Patient Treatment and Recovery

If you’re going into hospital for treatment, you want the best: the finest doctors, the latest medicines, the most-advanced surgical techniques. But the success of your care could also come down to something much more mundane than medical or technical wizardry: the location of your room. Other aspects of your hospital room’s design—the position of the bed, the location of the sink, whether there’s a window—may also shape your recovery.
The Brink,

Ask about Digital Sponsor Promotion opportunities

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


For over 30 years the non-profit Center for Health Design has led and empowered current and future healthcare owners, clinicians, architects, designers, product & solution providers and other stakeholders in an industry-wide endeavor to maximize health through informed design. 

By providing research, education and community-building to over 30,000 professionals worldwide, The Center drives measurable improvements in health, safety and business outcomes through evidence-based design of the built environment. Explore The Center’s resources, tools and learning opportunities at www.healthdesign.org.

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