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The Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) provides knowledge which supports the design of healthy environments by creating education and networking opportunities for members of – and those touched by – the healthcare architectural profession.

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Creating Healthy Communities – People Own What They Help Create

  • 1.  Creating Healthy Communities – People Own What They Help Create

    Posted 03-31-2021 01:16 PM

    Earn 1 AIA HSW LU | Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 2-3 pm ET


    The current COVID-19 pandemic exposed pervasive health and welfare inequality in access to healthcare.  Underserved communities (healthcare deserts) have predominately uninsured or minimally insured populations including non-English speakers and refugees.  Modern history has numerous examples of well-intentioned but hurtful designs imposed on vulnerable populations.  This webinar will share processes used to engage a vulnerable, underserved population of Tempe Arizona to create a healthcare facility responsive to its needs and aspirations.


    After participating in this webinar attendees will:

    • Be able to discuss factors contributing to health care desertification.
    • Compare the presented process for empowered community engagement with traditional design programming.
    • Understand the value of vulnerable population ownership of a facility design.
    • Learn how you as a privileged architect can work with vulnerable, underserved groups to create healthy communities.


    Craig Passey, AIA ACHA

    John Swagert, MD
    Mountain Park Health


    John Kreidich, AIA

    Adriana Garcia
    Manager, Equipment Planning
    McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
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