In addition to a number of general and concurrent sessions, the Building Healthy Places conference featured six small group roundtable discussions, giving attendees the opportunity to discuss and meet others interested in specific health-related topics. Brief roundtable descriptions, facilitator information, and related resources are listed below. For full descriptions, download the conference program.
Health Care and Design
This roundtable looked at the role that design professionals play in advising, planning, and partnering with health care organizations that are increasingly focusing on population and community health. Participants discussed a need to share what other professionals are doing in this space, including projects that emphasize the intersection between health and the built environment. Download discussion document.
Diane L. Caslow
Vice President of Strategic and Business Planning, MedStar
Whitney Austin Gray
Health Director of Research and Innovation, Cannon Design
Health Impact Assessments
This roundtable discussed the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) by the development community as a tool to assess the positive and negative health impacts of proposed projects, plans, and policies. Much of the discussion involved the need for standardization and incentives for use by the development or investment community. Download discussion document.
Research Associate, Urban Land Institute
Value of Active Open Space
This roundtable reviewed case studies and explored strategies for creating open spaces that increase market appeal and promote healthy lifestyles. Download related Urban Land article.
Principal, SWA Group
Sean P. O’Malley
Managing Principal, SWA Group
Renewing Infrastructure for Health and Development
This roundtable discussed the applicability of reclaiming obsolete infrastructure systems (like the Atlanta BeltLine, the High Line in New York, and the Los Angeles river) for other communities, including the health impacts of this type of renewal. The group discussed challenges to address social equity issues, including financial tools that ensure that low-income people can remain in urban areas and enjoy the benefits of the urban regeneration.
Senior Urban Designer, Perkins+Will
This roundtable explored farm-to-table communities, their market appeal, their health benefits, and their ability to anchor development.
Director of Planning and Development, Hillwood Communities
President, TBG Partners
Intersections between Health and Sustainability
This roundtable looked at how the LEED energy efficiency rating system is boosting its focus on human health.
Ginsberg Fellow, U.S. Green Building Council