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Friday
May192017

From Macro to Micro: Improving the Healthcare Experience through the Design Process

The Healthcare and Paradigm Shift, Image © Gensler

This post is part of a series related to Uniting Healthcare + Community.

Amid the hustle and bustle of the hospital lobby at University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), a healthy man spends many of his days with strangers-made-friends—the security guard, the little lady that runs the gift shop, and the customers at his favorite cookie stand. He’s there not out of obligation or necessity—he’s neither sick nor a hospital employee. He’s there for community. A few years back his wife had passed; he came back to the hospital to feel a connection to her. In doing so, he created community, through an unconventional way and in an unexpected place.

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Thursday
Apr062017

Uniting Healthcare and Community: The New Mixed-Use Community

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This post is part of a series related to Uniting Healthcare + Community.

“Less emphasis on illness and more on wellness; less on treatment and more on prevention; less on healthcare and much more on happiness and health.” – Dr. Mark Rowe, A Prescription for Happiness

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Uniting Healthcare and Community: The Healthy Mix

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More than a century ago, a small group of men departed their native land and people in Southern Italy seeking betterment beyond the desperately poor lives they’d led for centuries. Seventeen years after beginning their journey toward the land of opportunity, they reunited with those they had left behind and established the first Italian borough in America—the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania. Family-owned shops, bakeries and restaurants began populating the streets—between which, closely clustered homes each maintained personal gardens, livestock and grapevines for winemaking.

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Friday
Jan272017

A Prescription for Happiness: The Importance of Wellness 

Over the years, our understanding of wellness has not been easy to define. Most of it still remains untapped, yet the term is used in everyday language with the belief that everyone knows what it means. The many dimensions of wellness have often been studied in silos, but in reality, so much can be learned from the experiences of others. What would happen if we sat a designer, doctor or a behaviourist in the same room? What would we learn about the importance of wellness?

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Friday
Nov182016

ZIP Code Health and Design: Why Community Provided Health Care Matters

Your zip code is a big prediction of your overall health. Community provided health care like Chicago’s Cook County Central Campus Health Center brings resources to areas in need. Image © Gensler

Your biggest health predictor isn’t your cholesterol level, your blood pressure or your age; it’s your ZIP code. That’s what David B. Nash, M.D., dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, asserted during his presentation at the American College of Healthcare Executives Congress on Healthcare Leadership. He noted, “The most important five-digit number I need to predict your health status and well-being is your ZIP code.” As Nash suggests, geography is a big factor impacting an individual’s overall health—from access to healthcare and information to quality of life, and even life expectancy.

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