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.
The architects (@AIAnational) just taught me the coolest concept when we got together recently. (see: Bleeding to Leading – Design and Health at the American Institute of Architects).
“Universal Design” caused the skies to part and the sun to shine through into my double rainbow atmosphere.
Why? Because it’s a known practice in design for creating respectful, accessible environments, including for the LGBTQ community, including bathrooms. Continue reading→
As I have a very long overdue post for a colleague about my thoughts on blogging, one of the points I would make is that the best part of engaging in social media is that instead of looking for things, things start finding you.
And so, in response to my recent post(s) about architects and doctors (see: Bleeding to Leading – Design and Health at the American Institute of Architects, I received this message:
The title says it all. From the current issue of Health Affairs (@Health_Affairs).
Note that the study looked at actual visits booked by physicians so it doesn’t capture payments made to physicians for patients who didn’t visit.
It can be a confusing world when a health professional is trained and emotionally incented to be rewarded for health but not physically/financially. Continue reading→
I love it when Regina Holliday (@ReginaHolliday) sends me things. I always follow-up.
Leyendecker, in his career, influenced everything from the appearance of Santa Claus, to the creation of Mother’s Day, to modern day advertising and really American culture as we know it. The illustrations are breathtaking. I would say similar to many of the ones that Regina creates.
What a special treat to receive this in the (regular, not electronic) mail – it’s the Year in Review for the Kaiser Permanente Innovation Consultancy (@KPInnovation).
The consultancy is special to me because Continue reading→
These are the things that doctors with Total Health in their job title keep up to date on 🙂 .
Given that humans spend 90% of their time in buildings, it’s easy to recognize that building designers and developers may have a lot more influence on our health than doctors do, and so why shouldn’t we leverage each other?
WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being, through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.