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A Conversation About Design and Health

May 25, 2017

On May 25, 2017, NYSHealth is hosting a conversation with two New York-based organizations working to create healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces.

The buildings in which we live, work, and play can help or harm our health in major ways. Residents in many communities across New York City suffer from chronic health problems because they live in neighborhoods that lack access to safe opportunities for physical activity or in poorly constructed and maintained homes. However, design changes to the built environment have the potential to transform physical, mental, and social health outcomes.

Please join the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) for a conversation with two New York-based organizations working to create healthier buildings, streets, and urban spaces.

The Center for Active Design (CfAD), a winner of NYSHealth's 10th Anniversary Emerging Innovator Awards, is poised to make radical improvements to the state of New York's health over the next 10 years by using design to foster healthy and engaged communities. Its mission is to transform design and development practice, ensuring equitable access to vibrant public and private spaces that support healthy communities in New York and beyond. CfAD developed Active Design Verified, a verification program that establishes benchmarks for healthy affordable housing development. Prospect Plaza, a newly constructed development in Brownsville, Brooklyn, is the first-ever Active Design Verified building.

Enterprise Community Partners brings together the fields of health care, affordable housing, and community development to provide opportunities for low-income communities. With funding from NYSHealth, it developed the Healthy Green Capital Needs Assessment tool to ensure that affordable housing owners, public agencies, and building specialists understand the range of potential construction and improvement projects that can support resident health. The tool evaluates health-focused components in housing preservation and rehabilitation, as well as promotes resident engagement.

When:            Thursday May 25, 2017
                      12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where:          NYSHealth Conference Room
                    1385 Broadway, 23rd Floor (corner of 38th Street)
                    New York, NY 10018

Please R.S.V.P. here by May 19, 2017. Lunch will be provided.