How to transform design and health research into real-world strategies

An overview of the 2016 convening of the Design & Health Research Consortium

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From left: Dee Nicholas, AIA, Wendy Cohn, PhD, and Jenny Roe, PhD, share experiences during the ACSA poster session during the Design & Health Research Consortium in Alexandria, Virginia.

"The healthiness of places where people live and work is influence by the way they’re designed and the people who design them. Therefore, architects have a huge impact on health and wellness." – Ted Eytan, MD, MS, MPH, Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health

How can architects, designers, and health professionals best apply design and health research in their communities?

In April 2016, the 17 university members of the Design & Health Research Consortium and guests convened in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia to explore that question.

The outcomes of that meeting offer insights into strategies, tactics, tools, and tips for connecting the academy with practice, government, and a variety of partners. This report considers three closely-connected concepts imperative for expanding the knowledge base and catalyzing industry adoption of health research in design:

  • making your research relevant
  • crafting a good proposal
  • building value in your community

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Amanda Malloy