Re-integrating Design, Planning, and Public Health

APA Oklahoma Chapter


Monday, September 26, 2016
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

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This session describes the efforts of the University of Oklahoma's Community Health and Environmental Design (CHED) initiative to bring together design, planning, and medical professionals to improve community health by better environmental design of buildings, neighborhoods, and cities. It will tell the story of the founding of the CHED in the larger context of the state's public health issues, then focus on looking at case studies of various multi-disciplinary education, research, and service projects started by the CHED since it's inception five years ago. Educational projects include the CHED Talks series of public panel discussions and a class developed to introduce graduate students to environmentally-related health outcomes and the development of Health Impact Assessments. Research and creative work with the OU School of Community Medicine, including the Tulsa Photovoice project, design of the Youth Services Health Clinic, and Post-Occupancy Evaluation of the Tisdale Clinic, will be discussed.  Likewise, service projects will be highlighted, including the Northland Plan, the renovation of the Oklahoma Juvenile Justice Library, the OU-Tulsa Sustainable Landscapes Plan, and various Active Transportation projects for schools and neighborhoods. The presentation concludes with a prospectus of future opportunities to engage the community, heal our environments, and improve individual health.



Amanda Yamaguchi

Confirmed Speaker


Michael Birkes

Confirmed Speaker


Shawn Schaefer, AICP CUD

Confirmed Speaker

Shawn Michael Schaefer is Director of the University of Oklahoma Urban Design Studio and a faculty member in the College of Architecture. Founded in 1988, the Urban Design Studio is an outreach program from the College of Architecture with a three-part mission to train urban design professionals in Architecture, Community ... Read More