How to Build Health into Design – a day with Green Health Partnership

How to Build Health into Design - a day with Green Health Partnership

Yesterday a bunch of friends (at this point) got together to explore solutions to bring health into the design of the built environment. You know, where we spend 90% of our lives.

The part about us being a bunch of friends – architects, public health experts, doctors, planners is both a good thing and a thing worth noting.
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The Walking Gallery at 5 years

The Walking Gallery at 5 years

It’s been exactly 5 years since Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday) conceived the first one, and a most important milestone passed (for me) : Regina actually painting inside the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth).

Organizations and cultures change. So do people – the statement (among many) that most impressed me in 2016 was when Regina told me that her painting has gotten much better since 2011. I was wondering how that could be, but on reflection, so has my photography. People get better with time, too. Continue reading→

Definitely Heroes: Photos from 2016 Capital Pride DC Gala

Definitely Heroes: Photos from 2016 Capital Pride DC Gala

LGBTQ Pride has begun in the nation’s (United States) capital, and it kicked off with a wonderful evening for me, a person who has watched so many, as newly minted Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning (@SecArmy) said, “paved the way.”
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Infused with the sights and sounds of the beach: the new Kaiser Permanente Santa Monica Medical Office

Infused with the sights and sounds of the beach: the new Kaiser Permanente Santa Monica Medical Office

Where Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, which I visited later in the week, demonstrates congruence with total health in its exterior, Santa Monica does that for the interior.

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Photo Friday: Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA USA

Photo Friday: Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA USA

I’m breaking the “photo is usually from Washington, DC” informal rule this week, which I do occasionally when I find something visually compelling elsewhere, in this case the beautiful LEED Gold certified Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Office Building.

Opened in 2014, it combines the science of wind flow studies, high technology and personalized health care, and connection to the community through locally sourced art, site placement, and visual cues (poppies, pinwheels, butterflies).
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A Historic LGBTQ Health Symposium on a Historic Day

A Historic LGBTQ Health Symposium on a Historic Day

I actually mentioned the coming enforcement of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act in my presentation at this symposium in 2014, and again on this blog in 2015.

See: Presentation: Being a Transgender Ally and Unconscious Bias – and 2nd Annual Kaiser Permanente LGBTQI Health Symposium: Future of Inclusion

Imagine, then, 2 years later, that the final regulation was released, in Washington, DC, just a few hours before history was made at this event itself. Continue reading→

Just Read: The Total Health of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (Safety & Access Study)

Just Read: The Total Health of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (Safety & Access Study)

A very cool unintended (or intended?) consequence of sensing your environment is that you start to think about how to improve it.

With that in mind, and with stimulus provided by the Design and Health Leaders Group of the American Institute of Architects, and the team at the Washington, DC Office of Planning, I found this look at the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), which the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health is fortunate to co-inhabit.

Why fortunate?

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