In December 2020, the National Academy of Medicine published a “Call for Action to Implement Crisis Standards of Care During COVID-19 Surge.” This call was heavily focused on addressing health inequities and was a call to action to re-imagine healthcare design. Today’s healthcare design teams must innovate to address racial health disparities. During this session, participants will discover opportunities to take an active role in the movement for health equity through design. The creator of the Community Achievement of Racial Equity (C.A.R.E.) Framework will join a health care planning specialist, architect, and hospital administrator to present strategies for improving health care design for all patients.

  • Identify opportunities to advise healthcare clients on design interventions that promote equity.
  • Review the tenets of the Community Achievement of Racial Equity (C.A.R.E.) Framework that addresses racial inequities in healthcare planning and design.
  • Define immediate implications for design and planning work and action items for healthcare designers.
  • Identify design strategies that promote dignity and respect.

Taft Cleveland, MArch, Assoc. AIA, AORN, LEED GA, NOMA
Associate | Healthcare Planner

Tammy Thompson, MArch, EdD, AIA, EDAC, CPXP
ECU Health (Vidant Health)
President, Institute for Patient-Centered Design | Director of Health Experience Design & Education

Espy Harper, MArch, EDAC, SSGB
Senior Healthcare Planner | Senior Associate