||Three contemporary movements in American
society will profoundly affect every American in the 21st century.
As health care and design professionals, we can choose to join the movements
and thus take an active role in their realization, or we can choose to
idly stand-by and observe how they will affect the way we live and work
in the future.
These movements include:
At this conference, participants will examine
how each movement will affect them personally and professionally as we
discuss principles to keep health in our homes and workplaces…by
the Integrated Medical Model (and its corollaries,
Patient-Centered Care, Holistic Medicine, & Mind-Body Healing);
the Healthy Communities Initiative;
and the Green Architecture Movement and LEEDS.
This program focuses on the issue of health
in the built environment. As such it considers therapeutic environments
in nature and the built environment, and it discusses concepts of health,
wellness, stress management, & disease prevention. The intent
of the program is to bring together disparate lines of thought and expertise
on health from a variety of disciplines and professional fields.
The purpose is to address qualities of man, nature, and community that
are known to reduce stress and instill wellness, and to apply those qualities
in the creation and/or enhancement of healthy places in the built environment.
The organizers of the symposium believe
that conceptualizing healthy environments is possible in practically any
environment, at any scale with appropriate information. This workshop
seeks to inform and facilitate design professionals, medical practitioners,
and the general public in their efforts to protect and/or create spaces
that heal, improve health, and promote quality of life in all settings.
Tentative speakers for the symposium are
among the most highly respected researchers and practitioners in the Medical
and/or Design Arts. They include:
Joanne Westphal, PhD, MD, Landscape
Architect & General Practitioner, Michigan State University
THERAPEUTIC SITE DESIGN
- Only in the past century have nature and green spaces been eliminated
from hospital design. Dr. Westphal discusses research on the importance
of nature to patient healing and the types of therapy known to promote
health in managed care settings.
Hancock, BS, MB, M.HSc, Public Health Physician, Consultant
- Mr. Hancock has a longstanding interest in health and the environment,
in what he calls healthy public policy and the political implications of
sustainable development. He has been described as among the ten best health
futurists in the world.
Saba, AIA, Architect
THE PLANETREE INITIATIVE
- Joan Saba has been instrumental in advancing the concept of “patient-centered
care” in hospital design. As a consultant to the Planetree consortium
of hospitals, she has designed and/or retrofitted a number of hospitals
across the country for the purpose of improving health care delivery.
Maxman, FAIA, Past-president AIA, Principal, Susan Maxman &
GREEN DESIGN - Sustainable,
green architecture should be the cornerstone of any health care facility.
This speaker addresses the holistic approach that must be taken if health
care facilities are to optimize the healing dimension.
Frumkin, MD, DrPH, Department of Environmental and Occupational
Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
- Dr. Frumkin uses his extensive experience as clinician, researcher and
participant in the public policy process to suggest that we look beyond
potential negative effects of the environment to the positive effects our
environment can have on our health.