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November 2016 Issue Brief
As part of the impact of aging toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the current state of aging and associated health conditions, the alignment between universal design and sustainable design strategies inspired by environments for aging, and universal design models that enable flexible and adaptable spaces to support aging needs and human needs.
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October 2016 Issue Brief
As part of the population health toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the definition and regulatory landscape of population health, the underlying drivers of population health, and design strategies to support health.
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June 2016 Issue Brief
As part of the technology toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about why systems approach is needed to successfully integrate technology into the built environment, implications of the socio-technical system framework on planning and design around medical technology, and the impact of current and future technology on the continuum of care. 
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January 2016 Issue Brief
As part of the patient-centered medical home toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about patient-centered medical home (PCMH) principles, implementation, and evaluation, operational strategies supporting the principles of PCMH, and environmental design features of PCMH found in recent design and research publications.
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November 2015 Issue Brief
As part of the cleanliness toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about how to identify the significant impact of environmental cleanliness on multiple healthcare outcomes, different methods used to measure cleanliness, and a summary of key strategies to improve cleanliness through environmental design, operational and policy changes, and education of personnel.
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April 2015 Issue Brief
As part of the infection prevention toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the importance of hand hygiene in improving safety, quality, and economic impact, a systems approach to hand hygiene that integrates environmental, operational, and personal factors for infection prevention, and new, effective, and easy-to-implement hand hygiene measures.
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March 2015 Issue Brief
As part of the healthcare reform toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about the three quality-driven legislative programs that have a relationship to healthcare environments, associations between the design of the physical environment and reimbursement-related measures, and additional built environment strategies requiring additional research.
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March 2014 Issue Brief
As part of the noise toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about how excessive noise can negatively impact patients and staff in the hospital environment, ways to improve patients’ perception of sound, and low-cost, medium-cost, and high-cost design strategies that can reduce noise.
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February 2015 Issue Brief

As part of the communication toolbox, in this issue brief you will learn about elements of the built environment that improve nurse-patient communication, design interventions that could improve nurse-patient communication as found in the literature and how to ask better questions surrounding this critical relationship during your next project.