Join in this fascinating conversation with Joanna Frank, founding President & CEO of the Center for Active Design, the leading non-profit organization that uses design to foster healthy and engaged communities.
The mission of the Center for Active Design is to reduce the risk of obesity and chronic diseases by promoting physical activity and healthy food access through the design of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods.
My favorite part of my conversation with Joanna was exploring and unpacking The Urban Land Institute’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit. The Center for Active design was a co-author and expert content advisor for this resource, and Joanna had some great insights into the toolkit’s 21 evidence-based recommendations for promoting health at the building or project scale.
Prior to launching the Center, Joanna worked for the City of New York, where her positions included Director of Active Design and Director of the NYC FRESH program. Before working for the City, Joanna was a Partner at Bright City Development, LLC where she was responsible for the development of mixed-use residential buildings using sustainable design criteria. Joanna is a member of the American Heart Association Workplace Health Steering Committee. Inspired by the precedent of design impacting public health in the 19th century as recognized by the massive reduction in the spread of infectious diseases, Active Design builds on health research showing that design can impact today’s biggest challenges around the physical, mental, and social well-being of communities around the world.
The Center for Active Design is the operator for Fitwel, a unique building certification that positively impacts occupant health and productivity through an integrated approach to workplace design and operations. Fitwel’s development was led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA)
To download the Building Healthcare Places toolkit, visit https://centerforactivedesign.org/buildinghealthyplaces and to learn more about Fitwel, visit http://fitwel.org.
The Center For Health Design has joined us as an industry partner! You can learn more about the incredible research, advocacy, and education work The Center For Health Design is doing at http://healthdesign.org, and you can gain access to an amazing, prolific collection of healthcare design resources by becoming a Center For Health Design Affiliate. Thank you to The American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers for their support of this show. Find out more about their certification program at http://aahid.org.
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