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Healthy Futures: Special Focus Session

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This session will delve into tools and techniques in healthcare design to improve outcomes and plan for resilience. Using artificial intelligence  to evaluate and discover scenarios for preventative design in healthcare spaces will be uncovered as well as material health in healthcare settings. Using nature to increase patient outcomes will also be explored, including ongoing research with human subjects in a healthcare setting.

Course expires 1/25/2026

Learning Objectives


Learn about artificial intelligent techniques to evaluate healthcare outcomes and design decisions for sustainable solutions. 


Discover how nature contributes to improved healthcare outcomes.


Hear about the latest research on healthy materials and how materials impact human health.


Discover strategies to design more resilient healthcare spaces.


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Andrew L. Dannenberg, is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, where he teaches courses on health and built environment and on health impact assessment. Before coming to Seattle, he served as Team Leader of the Healthy Community Design Initiative in the National Center for Environmental Health at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the past 20 years, his research and teaching have focused on examining the health aspects of community design, including land use, transportation, urban planning, equity, climate change and other issues related to the built environment. He has a particular interest in the use of a health impact assessment as a tool to inform community planners about the health consequences of their decisions. Previously, he served as director of CDC's Division of Applied Public Health Training, as Preventive Medicine Residency director and injury prevention epidemiologist on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, and as a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Dr. Dannenberg is board-certified in preventive medicine (1986-present). He completed a residency in family practice at the Medical University of South Carolina and was board-certified in family practice (1982-1989).