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Trevor Hancock / Susan A. Maxman / Howard Frumkin / Joan Saba / Joanne WestphalI

Trevor Hancock, BS, MB, M.HSc

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and independent health promotion consultant. He has worked for local communities, provincial and national governments, health care organizations and the World Health Organization.  His main areas of interest are health promotion, healthy cities/ communities, healthy public policy, environmental health, health policy and planning, and health futurism. He is currently a fulltime consultant working to develop core programs in public health and a chronic disease prevention strategy at the Ministry of Health Planning in Victoria, British Columbia.

In recent years his views on the place of hospitals in their community and their role with respect to health promotion and healthy communities has led to consulting work with hospitals and to a number of articles and speeches on the topic.  In partnership with Claude Halpin, he has established Planetree Canada to further develop the concept of healthy and health-promoting hospitals. He is a founder of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care and is a founder and Chair of the Board of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He coordinated the health and medicine track for the First Global Conference on the Future in Toronto in 1980 and was a founding member of Paradigm Health.  He has consulted on health futures with the WHO, the Singapore Ministry of Health and the Canadian Medical Association, among others.

Born in England in 1948 he received his medical training at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, England and a post-graduate degree in community health and epidemiology at the University of Toronto.  He is the author or co-author of 6 short monographs, 28 book chapters, 35 refereed articles and numerous reports and other publications. 

Susan A. Maxman, FAIA

Ms. Maxman is a nationally recognized advocate and expert on the principles of sustainable design and historic preservation, as evidenced by her architectural practice and professional activities. As Principal of her own firm, Susan Maxman and Partners, since 1980, Ms. Maxman challenges herself and the firm to consistently design in a way that does not detract from the beauty of nature and that mitigates the effects of building on the environment. In an effort to tread lightly on the earth, Susan Maxman & Partners respects the Native American Adage: “We do not inherit our land from our ancestors, we borrow if from future generations.”  Firm projects, which include environmentally sensitive projects for non-profit, communitybased groups, and government agencies, have been recognized for excellence in design, receiving more than 45 honors and awards from numerous organizations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) at the national, state, and local levels, the United States Department of the Interior, and the White House.

As the first female president of the American Institute of Architects, Ms. Maxman made environmentally sensitive design a priority for her administration. Under her leadership, the AIA and the International Union of Architects jointly sponsored a convention focused on architecture, the environment, and sustainable design. Ms. Maxman has been admitted to the College of Fellows of the AIA, a distinction held by less than five percent of her professional peers. She has served on the Eco-Efficiency Task Force of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development, has provided congressional testimony at hearings before the House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Energy and the Environment, and has represented the architectural profession at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Currently, Ms. Maxman serves as Chair of the Urban Land Institute’s Environmental Council. In addition, she is a
member of many boards and organizations, including the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and the Planning and Design Commission of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Maxman has also served on many design juries, including the International Jury for the Governor’s Awards of Canada.

Ms. Maxman’s efforts on behalf of sustainable design and preservation have been highlighted in
newspapers and magazines, including appearances in Architecture, Energy Focus, Historic Preservation, and Progressive Architecture. For her advocacy of sustainable design, Ms. Maxman received Honorary Doctorates from Ball State University and University of Detroit-Mercy. Also among her many honors are the 2001 March of Dimes Service to Humanity Award, Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania Award, and the Mayor’s Commendation from the City of Philadelphia. She has been included in the Pennsylvania Honor Roll of Women and is among those listed in Who’s Who in America.

Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH

Howard Frumkin is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in Atlanta.  He is an internist, environmental and occupational medicine specialist, and epidemiologist.  He founded the Environmental and Occupational Medicine Consultation Clinic at The Emory Clinic and directed it from 1991 to 2000.  He founded Emory’s Occupational Medicine Residency training program and directed it from 1991 to 1997. 

Before coming to Emory in 1990, Dr. Frumkin was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), where he formerly co-chaired the Environment Committee, past President of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC), former chair of the Science Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and Vice President of the Society for Occupational and Environmental Health (SOEH).  From 1994 to 1996 he served as one of five U.S. members of the Committee to Reduce Lead Exposure in the Americas, a joint effort of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and Mexico’s National Institute of Public Health.  He now serves as a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine.  From 1992 to 1994 he served as a member of Georgia’s Hazardous Waste Management Authority.  He now serves on the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Advisory Committee, and on two Georgia Regional Transportation Authority committees: the Community/Environmental Policy Advisory Council (which he co-chairs), and the Air Pollution, Health, Safety and Well-Being Citizen’s Academy workgroup.  He chairs the Health/Technical Committee of Georgia’s Clean Air Campaign, which manages public communication and social marketing regarding motor vehicle use and air pollution in the state.  From 1991 until it ceased publication, Dr. Frumkin wrote a regular column on job safety and health for Journal of Labor, the newspaper of the Georgia AFL-CIO.  Currently he serves on the Special Populations team for the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda planning process.  He has served as a consultant to several corporations, including Hewlett-Packard, Southwire, Georgia Power, and Polaroid, and to several unions, including the Chemical Workers Association and the Utility Workers Union.  His research interests include air pollution, lead and mercury toxicity, occupational asthma, climate change, public health aspects of urban sprawl, health benefits of contact with nature, occupational injuries, and environmental and occupational health policy, especially regarding minority workers and communities, and those in developing nations.

He received his A.B. from Brown University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. from Harvard, his Internal Medicine training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge Hospital, and his Occupational Medicine training at Harvard.  Dr. Frumkin is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Joan Saba, AIA FACHA

Ms. Saba has concentrated her career on healthcare facilities and has an in-depth understanding of the challenges posed by designing a first-rate operation that provides the utmost value for the patient and the owner.  Known for her ability to steer medical center committees to consensus and for bringing complex projects to successful completion, her talent includes innovative, effective and efficient solutions to meet the challenges of complex healthcare projects.   Ms. Saba attained a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University with University Honors.  She is also is member of the American Institute of Architects and has served numerous leadership positions in such organizations as the Academy of Architecture for Health, Connecticut Women in Healthcare Management, and the American College of Healthcare Architects. To view more information regarding Ms. Saba's project experience please click here.

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Joanne WestphalI MD

Joanne M. Westphal is a licensed practicing physician and landscape architect in Michigan.  Her specialty area of design is Therapeutic Landscape Design.  Joanne Westphal was a landscape architect before she became a physician.  She pursued the medical degree as more clients began to request special garden areas for their residents and/or patients.  Over the past seven years she has conducted post construction evaluations on the efficacy of therapeutic gardens for different types of patients, including Alzheimers and post-Stroke patients.  Presently she is completing a book on her findings, entitled Therapeutic Site Design.  She teaches in the Landscape Architecture Program at Michigan State University, and maintains a hand in medicine as a general practitioner.

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