Healthy Places, Healthy People: Building Equitable, Inclusive Places

Learn how to build health equity into decision-making on your projects.


Displacement caused by gentrification exacerbates health risks and climate vulnerability. Architects, as stewards of the built environment, must advocate for responsible development that mitigates the health effects of displacement—especially as climate change reshapes cities. Learn how leaders from one DC project work with their teams to build health equity into their decision-making.

Learning objectives

  • Explain how gentrification put vulnerable populations at risk due to displacement.
  • Discuss ways that architects can work with communities to mitigate the risks of displacement.
  • Review lessons learned from several projects that reflect how architects can partner with the community to ensure equitable deployment of resources that elevate the health outcomes of communities.
  • Review strategies for working with civic leaders to advocate for health equity for vulnerable populations.
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