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CDH Selected to Receive Pan-University Environmental Resilience Grant
  Six Pan-University projects have received funding for a total of $208,430 in seed grants to support resilience research. Of those projects, the CDH proposal for “Modeling Community Health Resilience for Healthy Cities” has been selected to receive $50,000 for environmental resilience research. This project aims to develop a synergistic model of community resilience that combines transformative thinking across health, its determinants, the social sciences and the physical sciences. It is a model intended to change how community health is conceptualized, operationalized and measured within the context of healthy, sustainable urban development. This research will produce a conceptual model of community resilience for further testing as well as a conceptual model for applying resilient thinking to further initiatives across Grounds. This proposal, along with others, will build research strength across disciplines to address key challenges in resilience of social, environmental and/or infrastructure systems. The seed awards are intended to nurture research ideas that subsequently can be developed into larger, extramurally funded projects.

From the CDH Blog

Architecture as Medicine: The UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital, A Case Study (Feb 15, 2016)

By: Reuben M. Rainey and Alana K. Schrader An A School Monograph. Published by the University of Virginia School of Architecture, 2014
UF Shands Cancer Hospital_Gainesville, FL

UF Shands Cancer Hospital (Gainesville, FL)

View from main lobby at UF Shands Hospital

View from main lobby at UF Shands Hospital

Architecture as Medicine is a case study of an innovative University of Florida cancer hospital, focusing on its many patient-centered design features as well as the highly effective planning process and construction management strategy involved in its realization. The 192-bed, 520,000 sq. ft. structure completed in 2009 is a free-standing eight-story building consisting of a six-story bed tower and a two-story podium. The podium houses operating rooms, emergency/trauma facilities, and additional patient, staff, and visitor services. The tower includes five floors devoted to patient rooms and one for mechanical systems and dining facilities. The design embodies many evidence-based design features, including clear way finding, abundant exposure to natural light, excellent ventilation, noise abatement, access to nature, and sophisticated single occupancy patient rooms. These features are discussed at length and carefully documented with illustrations. Also included is an analysis of the hospital’s innovative Arts in Medicine Program that has proven highly effective in reducing patients’ stress. In addition, the study examines the many energy-saving features of this LEED Gold certified building. A brief post-occupancy study based on questionnaires distributed to staff, patients, and visitors concludes the study, demonstrating the positive responses of these groups to the hospital’s humane and effective design features.

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