Embracing DEI Throughout the Evidence-Based Design and Applied Research Process


HCD Healthcare Design Conference + Expo

Monday, November 06, 2023
9:30 - 10:30 am (CST)

In-person event // New Orleans, Louisiana

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are not just buzzwords; they are fundamental to the success of healthcare and evidence-based design (EBD). At the upcoming HCD Conference + Expo, Flad Director of Healthcare Research Kara Freihoefer will co-lead a presentation exploring the critical role of DEI throughout the EBD process.

From setting equitable goals to inclusive research, data collection, and decision-making, Kara will demonstrate how DEI can transform healthcare design projects. The session aligns with the eight-step EBD process and design phases, covering organizational readiness, pre-design, design application, baseline research, and construction/post occupancy.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand the significance of DEI and how to seamlessly integrate it into EBD and research-driven healthcare design projects.
  • Explore the value of building an inclusive team and leveraging diversity when establishing project goals and objectives.
  • Apply DEI strategies when formulating research questions and hypotheses and conducting literature reviews—paving the way for equitable design solutions that cater to diverse user needs.
  • Learn how to collect and present baseline and post-occupancy data in ways that authentically represent diverse user perspectives.

About the Conference >
HCD Conference + Expo is the premier event for healthcare design professionals. Devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impacts the safety, operation, clinical outcomes, and financial success of healthcare facilities, both now and into the future, this healthcare design show highlights best practices and top healthcare design products.