Live Course: Creating Healthy Communities – People Own What They Help Create

When:  Apr 13, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (ET)

Creating Healthy Communities – People Own What They Help Create

This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) and provides 1 HSW|LU credit.


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.



This session is part of the Outside the Box Series by the Academy of Architecture for Health.  The web-based 60-minute seminar is intended to provide members of healthcare-centric practices, in all stages of professional development, with perspectives on healthcare, community health, environmental and design issues outside the customary domain of healthcare design to a broad audience.


Craig Passey, AIA ACHA

Craig Passey, AIA, ACHA is Vice President and Health Studio Leader of the SMITHGROUP. Specialties include: Academic Medicine, Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Cancer Care, Emergency Medicine, Government Health, Health & Wellness, Healthcare, Senior Living, Strategic & Master Plans, Women's & Children's Health.  An important part of his role is “developing genuine and healthy relationships with both internal and external clients.”

John Swagert, MD
Mountain Park Health

A physician for more than 27 years and the CEO of Mountain Park Health Center, shaping Mountain Park Health Center into an organization that serves people from all walks of life providing them with quality, affordable healthcare.  He is an idea person and change maker - applying creative thinking to alter how things work, bring awareness to our community and emphasize that everyone deserves access to affordable care.


John Kreidich, AIA

John Kreidich, now retired, from 2000-2018, the go-to resource for hospital‐related safety, infection control, sustainable building, and medical equipment procurement matters at McCarthy’s Central Division, was Vice President, System, Facilities Planning and Construction for Penn State Geisinger 1997 ‐ 2000, following four years as Assistant Vice President, Facilities Management at Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.