A Call to Action for Healthy Communities
From informed planning to the design of individual buildings and landscapes, creating communities that support healthy living requires multi-sector collaboration at the national and local levels. Join leaders from AIA and a half-dozen organizations—representing nearly 300,000 built environment and public health professionals—as they come together to advance a call to action for healthy communities. This combination panel and hands-on work session will unpack the nuances of building healthy communities, collaboratively.
You'll hear about:
What the joint Call to Action for Healthy Communities means for each sector and describe essential partners for delivering a healthy community.
How to chart the relationship and inter-dependencies across professional disciplines involved in planning, designing, and building healthy communities.
How to identify tools and resources available to them to deliver on the charge to plan, design, and build healthier communities.
Panelists from partner organizations will quickly highlight the work that they do and tools they provide before breaking out into discussion tables to look at case examples from real community collaborations.
, U.S. Green Building Council
Confirmed SpeakerKelly Worden is a public health researcher at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Ms. Worden serves as Project Manager of Health Research at USGBC. In this role, she manages the Green Health Partnership between the University of Virginia School of Medicine and USGBC, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her work propels action-oriented research on the intersection between the built environment and public health. Ms. Worden holds a M.P.H. from the George Washington University School of Public Health and a B.S. in Human Biology from the University of Texas.
, American Society of Landscape Architects
Confirmed SpeakerShawn is Career Discovery + Diversity Manager at the American Society of Landscape Architects in Washington, DC. He develops and manages the society’s efforts to increase awareness of landscape architecture as a career path to diverse student groups. He previously developed and directed Professional Practice Network (PPN) programs, provided counsel and support to members, and served as liaison for a variety of programs within ASLA and allied organizations. Shawn's experience as a Landscape Architect, Adjunct Professor, and Project Manager has also aided him in achieving a variety of success in both educational and design environments.
, American Public Health Association
Confirmed SpeakerKate Robb leads the environmental health programs at APHA. APHA’s environmental health portfolio is primarily comprised of healthy community design and natural environment initiatives, with a focus on improving environmental health systems and building partnerships. Through her work, Kate has partnered with a variety of stakeholders to raise awareness of the connection between transportation and health, climate change and the built environment, and the value of partnering across sectors to advance health equity. Prior to joining APHA, Kate worked on a local level to progress walking and walkability and chronic disease prevention initiatives. Kate received her Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Confirmed SpeakerMatthew Welker, Assoc. AIA, is senior manager of strategic alliances and initiatives for The American Institute of Architects, a 90,000 member organization based in Washington, DC. In this role, he works with colleague and member experts on sustainability issues affecting architectural practice, specifically related to design for health and well-being. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design.