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Interview
February 2018 Interview
Inside you will learn about: why relationships are at the heart of successful psychiatric treatment strategies; how effective designs can facilitate positive interactions between clinicians and patients; and the benefits of using a community treatment model that allows patients to access services in carefully designed “neighborhood treatment malls.”
Interview
February 2018 Interview

Inside you will learn about: the challenges in identifying best practices in the built environment for behavioral healthcare; where architects and designers can start when working on projects for behavioral health facilities; and the differences between behavioral health and medical settings.

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Webinar
January 2018 Webinar
Art and Science.  In their finest expressions, they are one and the same. We face complex problems and no single approach can provide all the answers.  One cannot be a socially responsible designer or scientist without using both intuition and research. This presentation will cite historical and contemporary examples of individuals who support their simultaneous use to achieve creativity. The presentation will include a discussion of the definitions of art and science and the nature of the human mind.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
January 2018 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
The goal of this project was to implement all-private patient room units (with the exception of enlarged rooms for twins/multiples); provide clear visibility and direct line of sight to all patients; increase privacy and offer greater support for mothers to nurse and have “kangaroo care” time with their newborns; improve family and nurse / physician communication; and reduce overall noise levels on the units.
EBD Journal Club
January 2018 EBD Journal Club
Freihoefer, K., Kaiser, L., Vonasek, D., & Bayramzadeh, S. (2017). Setting the Stage: A Comparative Analysis of an Onstage/Offstage and a Linear Clinic Modules. HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 1937586717729348.
Webinar
January 2018 Webinar
When we design healthcare facilities, we may not always have a complete understanding of how we can proactively design for safety and account for risk beyond fire and life safety. How can we more effectively consider safety issues like infections, falls, medication errors, injuries associated with patient handing or behavioral health, and security? This webinar introduces the new, easier to use, online interface for The Center’s Safety Risk Assessment (SRA) toolkit, a proactive and systematic approach to designing and renovating healthcare facilities for safety. Originally developed through research and consensus to support the requirements of the FGI Guidelines, The Center's research team will walk you through the why, what, and how of each part of the online SRA toolkit illustrating features with vignettes gathered from the testing process.  
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Webinar
December 2017 Webinar
Artists and design professionals are working collaboratively across the globe to create amazing art projects in healthcare environments that energize, soothe, and provide positive distractions. Commissioned art projects are created in collaboration with the client and design team for the space. Across industries these projects are beautifying and transforming the places in which we live, work, play, and heal. This webinar focuses on methods, tools, and inspiration for commissioning art in healthcare environments. The presenter discusses how to determine your art requirements, finding the right artist, managing RFPs for artwork, and using digital tools to streamline the commission workflow process.
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Webinar
October 2017 Webinar
Remember doctor’s visits when you were growing up? The wooden tongue depressor. The well-worn stethoscope. As design harnesses digital, materials, and networking technologies, a very new health experience is just over the horizon. Proactive, lifestyle design, tracking real-time health data, non-invasive tools and custom “just for you” treatments based on your actual genome, are here. Together they are leading us to “stage zero” detection and treatment which has the potential to double or better the lifespan of every first-world citizen. This webinar highlights the macro factors shaping these realities, along with an in-depth exploration of the various impacts of and opportunities for design.  
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Webinar
October 2017 Webinar
The Military Health System is moving all primary care to the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model of care within a spectrum of purpose-designed healthcare buildings and retrofits of older medical facilities. The goal is to achieve better experience of care, per capita cost, population health, and overall readiness. This session summarizes the newest research evidence about how design can improve the delivery of team-based ambulatory care, discusses new metrics being delivered jointly between the Military Health System and Georgia Tech, and discusses how to design for a system with a wide spectrum of purpose-designed healthcare buildings and retrofits of older medical facilities.
EBD Journal Club
October 2017 EBD Journal Club
Toward a Framework for Designing Person-Centered Mental Health Interiors for Veterans, Journal of Interior Design, DOI: 10.1111/joid.12095