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Friday, March 8 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Public health research on the built environment: special topics on creating equitable and healthy places.

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What factors contribute to optimizing human health both indoors and outdoors within the built environment? Creating equitable and healthy communities is a product of multi-level interventions in policy, places, and people. This panel discussion will open with researchers from the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health sharing recent evidence of health status improvements at both building and neighborhood-level project levels. Their current studies focus on the drivers of residential indoor air pollution in urban communities, urban food systems and the health of farmers, and nature-based interventions at residential and workplace projects will highlight opportunities for health equity in the urban built environment. A building expert from Steven Winter Associates, Inc., will then take this research into the project design and building sector by making the business case for broadening the definition of high performance buildings to include human health. Merging her “boots on the ground” experience in the built environment with her expertise in green building certification programs, she will present some key strategies for protecting and promoting health in a socially equitable and cost-effective manner.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how incorporation of indoor and outdoor nature at the project level imports human health benefits across physical, cognitive, and emotional domains
  2. Identify potential ways to improve health impacts of the built environment through food access, urban agriculture, and the cultivation of green spaces
  3. Describe determinants of exposure to fine particulate matter within the home and disparities in housing conditions
  4. Recognize what resources are available to promote the design of healthier buildings

AIA Continuing Education Credit: 2 HSW
Living Future Accreditation Credits: 2 HRS

Speakers
avatar for Linda Powers Tomasso

Linda Powers Tomasso

PhD student, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
As a PhD student of Environmental Health in the Population Health Sciences Program at Harvard Chan, Linda Tomasso is researching positive associations between exposure to nature and various health outcomes— physiological, emotional, and behavioral—as well as differential responses... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Hildebrand

Lauren Hildebrand

Sustainability Director, Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
Lauren Hildebrand is a Sustainability Director at Steven Winter Associates, Inc., a building science consulting firm made up of engineers and architects that has led the way since 1972 in the development of best practices to achieve high performance buildings through research, consulting... Read More →
avatar for MyDzung T. Chu

MyDzung T. Chu

PhD candidate, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MyDzung T. Chu is an environmental and occupational health epidemiologist interested in community-based research on social determinants of health and environmental exposures within the home, workplace, and neighborhood contexts. Her current research focus on drivers of air pollution... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Gripper

Ashley Gripper

PhD student, RWJF Health Policy Research Scholar, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Ashley earned her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University, after which she worked with the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and Kohn Pederson Fox Architecture Firm (KPF) to develop ways to improve the food environment through retail near Red Hook’s... Read More →


Friday March 8, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
KG01 Kroon Hall, 195 Prospect St, New Haven, CT 06511
  • AIA CEU 2 HSW
  • GBCI CEU Self Report
  • LFA CEU 2 HRS - Self Report

Attendees (13)