What is the role of the healthcare organizations in promoting the health of individuals, the communities they serve, and globally through environmentally responsible design? What constitutes a healthful, vibrant, mixed-use, and flexible healthcare campus? What will be the role and responsibility of healthcare and civic partnerships in the larger built environment for supporting human health, promoting healthy lifestyles, and improving equitable access to health-promoting activities and healthcare services? These are the questions we hope to explore through the following sessions focused on several projects and initiatives in the Atlanta Metro Region and beyond:
- A keynote address focused on the Atlanta Beltline Project and its impact
- The Baton Rouge Hospital Health Planning District
- Adamsville Regional Health Center (suburban scale)
- Emory Midtown Winship Tower (urban scale)
- Speakers panel discussion on health beyond care and treatment
Healthcare organizations have an ethical responsibility to “do no harm.” Given their inherent mission to protect and improve health, as well as evolving economic incentives, healthcare organizations are supplementing traditional healthcare services, and are engaging in initiatives to promote the health of the populations and communities they serve. Healthcare services are being delivered increasingly beyond the walls of the hospital and healthcare campus and into communities and homes. Likewise, healthcare campuses and districts are being reimagined to physically serve as models of healthy and livable community design.
They are being envisioned as vibrant mixed-use and transit-oriented districts integrated into, rather than isolated from, their communities. Healthy community design principles are gaining traction on and beyond the traditional health campus including walkable streets, bike paths, accessible and useable public green spaces, and meaningful connections to nature. Rather than being intimidating institutional campuses, they should be places that are legible and safe and easy to access and navigate. They should work with and contribute positively to the health of the individuals engaging them, the neighbors they adjoin, the communities in which they are part of, and globally through environmentally responsive design.