HOW CAN DESIGN IMPACT HEALTH?
HealthxDesign identifies the areas of public health where design can have the greatest impact, then incubates and tests design strategies that can ultimately be scaled-up, all through a transdisciplinary collaboration with leading design studios.With strong focus on metrics, all projects aim to build a collective knowledge base for “what works,” in order to scale-up promising approaches for this fledgling area of innovation in health programs.
Our theory of change aims to demonstrate, through projects and metrics, the interplay between built environment (urban design, architecture, public parks/space), social environment and individual health behavior. It is well known that the particular challenges to global and local health involve non-communicable disease (e.g. heart disease, diabetes, obesity) and morbidity/mortality related to social environment (violence, teen pregnancy, opportunities for girls), that are highly mitigated by behavioral determinants.We believe that design can influence social environment and thereby address key determinants of health behavior (from healthy food seeking, to attitudes about teen pregnancy, tobacco use and/or physical activity).
We also believe that a ‘transdisciplinary‘ is neither public health nor design led, rather an integrated approach for solving the vexing problems facing the public’s health are essential for advancing. We look forward to developing joint processes and models that we can identify, incubate, measure, and communicate about.
Check out the Our Work page to see the ways that design strategies can be conceptualized and implemented to advance health outcomes, within a multidisciplinary, evidence-based framework!