Articles Tagged with: Population Health

Ballinger participates in Design Research Symposium on Design + Change

How do design and research create change in health, technology, and the environment? Ballinger associate principal Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC addressed this question at the 2018 Design Research Symposium hosted by the Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. The event examined the process of change and design through presentations by researchers from IBM, Drexel University, and others.

Christina was on a panel exploring how we can change the health and human services system by addressing the whole community and utilizing technology and design. The discussion covered issues such as barriers to change, immunity to change, and opportunities to change health and healthcare.


Ballinger presents at Forum on Architecture + Design

On Thursday Ballinger presented two talks at AIA Philadelphia’s Forum on Architecture + Design.

Associate principal Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP, senior associate Don Semler, AIA, LEED AP, and associate Shawn Billiard, RA presented a case study of the David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian. Opened in April, the 740,000 SF ambulatory care center includes surgery, interventional radiology, and endoscopy procedures in standardized rooms.

Principal Craig Spangler, AIA, and associate principals Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC and Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, LEED AP presented “How Does Architecture Impact Population Health?” The talk explored the complex relationships between cause and effect in healthcare environments and how we, as architects, can design environments that contribute to improving health in the larger community.

The Forum on Architecture + Design is a Philadelphia conference focused on curating multidisciplinary educational content for designers, civic leaders, product manufacturers, technology providers, and real estate developers – all the industries that contribute to shaping our built environment. Held at South Philadelphia’s Bok, the event included over 30 accredited continuing education programs and tours as well as keynotes by Pentagram’s Paula Scher and Michael Ford of Hip Hop Architecture.


Link to David H. Koch Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Presentation

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Ballinger presents “How Do We As The Design Community Contribute To Population Health?”

Ballinger principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE was invited to speak at the spring 2018 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. The televised series “Innovative Healthy Communities’,” invites experts to discuss the built environment’s effect on the health of communities. Louis presented ‘How Do We As The Design Community Contribute To Population Health?’ to an audience comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty members. His talk identified key factors that link design and population health, and illustrated them through case studies. Featured projects included Puentes de Salud in Philadelphia, and buildings at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Tower Health System and Rutgers University.

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Population Health and the Quadruple Aim

Ballinger participated in this year’s PDC Summit, an international conference and exhibition on health facility planning, design and construction. Ballinger principal Louis A. Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE, and senior project healthcare planners Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC and Debbie Phillips, AIA, ACHA, EDAC presented “Population Health and the Quadruple Aim,” in which they explored how we as the design community contribute to population health. They illustrated the key factors that link design and population health through case studies of Puentes de Salud, Penn Medicine: Lancaster General Health Urgent Care, Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care, and the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health.

A digital poll of the audience, conducted during the presentation, revealed that 69% of respondents view individuals (rather than healthcare providers or policy makers) as having the most impact on population health. The presenters issued a call to action for the design community to employ humanistic design and “the right place” to contribute to population health.

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Beyond Green: Design of the Built Environment and Its Impact on Healthy Communities

On March 19, at this year’s Population Health Colloquium in Philadelphia, Ballinger Associate Principal, Erin Cooper, AIA, LEED AP and Senior Project Healthcare Planner, Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC presented their talk entitled “Beyond Green: Design of the Built Environment and Its Impact on Healthy Communities”. Their session explored the significance of design in improving overall wellness for communities and patient care spaces. They illustrated the role design can play within population health using examples from recent Ballinger projects, Penn Medicine, Lancaster General Health, Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute; Tower Health, Reading HealthPlex for Advanced Surgical and Patient Care; and Rutgers University, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition + Health.

The annual Population Health Colloquium brings together healthcare providers, payers, pharmaceutical executives, leading technology and solutions companies, academia, and government to highlight advances in population health. The conference is an opportunity for leaders within the industry to share best practices, case studies, expert insights, and industry trends.

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The Evolving Quadruple Aim: Improving Public Health and the Importance of Place

In 2007 the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) developed the Triple Aim framework, an approach to optimizing health system performance. The idea was to simultaneously improve the patient care experience, improve the health of a population, and reduce per capita healthcare costs. Ballinger principal Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE paraphrases the goals of the framework as “delivering the right care for the right price at the right time.”

Given the impact of the Affordable Care Act and current trends in population health, today’s healthcare institutions and planners must also consider a fourth aim: the right place. The Evolving Quadruple Aim builds on the IHI framework to include the importance of place. By considering the location, scale and services provided within a facility, healthcare planners can optimize operations and improve population health.

Ballinger is studying the spectrum of healthcare from homecare and telehealth to academic medical centers. By understanding and balancing the benefits of on-demand access, tertiary and quaternary care, spaces for community use and other factors, Ballinger is studying and advocating for improved population health through the design of health facilities.

Louis Meilink and Senior Healthcare Planner Debbie Phillips, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, were invited to speak at the Fall 2016 Architecture-For-Health Lecture Series at Texas A&M University. The series, “The Global Impact of the Concept of Population Health on the Design of Health Networks and Health Facilities,” invites experienced public health and design professionals, who have programmed and designed healthcare facilities, to present on relevant themes. Louis and Debbie presented “Research-based Design: Fundamental to Architectural Excellence While Advancing Population Health” and answered questions from students, faculty members, design professionals and an international delegation. The presentation coincided with the annual meeting of the Texas A&M Center for Health Systems and Design’s Health Industry Advisory Council (HIAC).

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