Community Health Center Design Conference 11/13 – 11/15

Transforming primary care environments through evidence-based design

Join community health centers from across the Midwest to integrate evidence-based design into health center design and the patient experience. The Chicago-based  conference will address a wide range of topics for organizations responding to increasing demand. Discussions will include facility design solutions, planning and financing opportunities, and community engagement and collaboration strategies.

The Center for Health Design in conjunction with IFF is presenting a two-day immersion experience to explore, network, and learn about designing or renovating community healthcare clinics. Come learn from local health center executives, board members, and design teams how to explore and incorporate evidence-based design into new or renovated facilities and operations.  This conference is ideal for senior executives and board members of CHCs, rural health centers, and charity clinics. Visit the IFF site to register and view the agenda.

What: Community Health Center Design Conference

When: November 13-14, 2012

Where: River East Arts Center, 435 East Illinois Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611


Chicago Botanic Garden seminar: “Gardens for veterans & children with sensory processing & spectrum disorders.”

Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo by Allen Rokach,

Chicago Botanic Garden. Photo by Allen Rokach,

Chicago Botanic Garden Healthcare Garden Design Seminar Program:
Healing Through Nature: Healthcare Gardens for Veterans and Children with Sensory Processing and Spectrum Disorders

July 20 – 22 2012
Glencoe, IL

This is going to be SUCH a good seminar.

Returning veterans and children with sensory processing and spectrum disorders [such as Autism Spectrum Disorder] are two growing segments of the population that share a common root in disrupted neurological processing, which impacts all areas of life.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is increasingly a public health crisis. The number of cases is expected to grow, ultimately exceeding 500,000 in the United States, according to a study by researchers at Stanford University. Autism spectrum disorders are estimated to affect one in every 110 children. The unique challenges facing both of these special populations, their families, and their communities necessitates discussion on how to best serve and create garden environments of care where education, treatment, and recreation take place.

This three-day seminar offers a broad approach for discussion on how healing gardens and therapeutic spaces can be instrumental in recovery, treatment, and stress reduction for special populations. The program will draw on the expertise of medical professionals, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the complexities of diagnosis and treatment. These sessions will be combined with case studies led by landscape architects currently working to implement healing spaces, along with discussions about design features and guidelines for therapeutic gardens that serve these special populations.

Visit for more details.

For past TLN Blog posts related to these topics, visit the following:

Child Friendly Asia Pacific International conference

Photo courtesy of Child Friendly Asia Pacific Network,

Photo courtesy of Child Friendly Asia Pacific Network,

“Engaging Children,” the 2nd International Conference of the Child Friendly Asia Pacific Network, will be held this year in Surakarta City, Indonesia from 6/30 – 7/2/11. In haste, I am copying and pasting. This announcement was orginally posted on the Children, Youth and Environments Forum by Tim Gill of Rethinking Childhood, Looks like a great conference!

The 2nd Child Friendly Asia Pacific International conference, through the
generous support of the Indonesian governments Ministry for Woman’s
Empowerment and Child Protection will be held in Surakarta City, Indonesia
in late June. The focus of the conference will be on engaging children
including supporting the role of children as active citizens and working
with children to evaluate the quality of their environments. In addition to
formal conference presentations delegates will have the opportunity to meet
and engage in hands-on research activities with local children in the city,
take field trips, be a dinner guest of the Minister of Woman’s Empowerment
and Child Protection and enjoy a cultural night with the Mayor of Surakarta

Keynote speakers over the three-days include:

Dr. Judith Ennew, Researcher with the NGO Knowing Children, Bangkok,
Thailand, and co-author Children as Active Citizens

Professor Roger Hart, Co-Director, Children Environments Research Group,
City University of New York and author of the seminal UNICEF publication
Children’s Participation

Professor Karen Malone, Researcher, University of Western Sydney, CFAP
Network Chair Professor Ricardo Henriques, State Secretary of Social Welfare
and Human Rights, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Professor Economics
Science at Universidade Federal Fluminense

In addition to the main program and presentations, child friendly city
delegates from across the globe a special two-day symposium on Children and
Risk in Natural Disasters will be chaired by Dr Julie Rudner and Dr Kumi
Tashiro with panel members from Japan, Indonesia and New Zealand speaking on
current activities in these countries to support children during and in the
recovery of natural disasters. An executive meeting for CFAP as well as a
special session on the CFAP accreditation program that will include panel
presentations from key staff in regional UNICEF offices will also be held.
Themed sessions include: Engaging children’s views or Planning for and
with children, and the special symposium Session: Children, Risk and Natural

Conference Fee: $500 AUD (includes field trip, all lunches and dinners on
both nights).

Visit their website for more details.

“In Our Nature,” 2010 AHTA National Conference – Early bird registration ends 9/1!

Fountain at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital Rooftop Therapeutic Garden

Fountain at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital Rooftop Therapeutic Garden (Photo by Naomi Sachs)

The American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA) is teaming up with the Chicago Botanic Garden for this year’s annual conference, on October 13-16. The 2010 theme is “In Our Nature,” and will feature keynote speakers Gene Rothert and Linda Emanuel; tours of HT programs and gardens and exemplary school gardens; two pre-conference workshops; and a terrific lineup of education and poster sessions. I’ve gotten to visit Chicago twice in the last year, including the Chicago Botanic Garden and the Schwab garden pictured above (designed by Gene Rothert and Martha Tyson, and also on one of the AHTA conference tours), and this city is really worth the trip; SO many great gardens, and Chicago’s downtown is vibrant and exciting. I attended last year’s AHTA conference in Pasadena and learned a ton while meeting a whole lot of great people. AHTA and CBG both do it right, so this year is sure to be fantastic.

Early-bird registration for In Our Nature ends on 9/1 (which is in less than a week!), so sign up now. More information and registration on the AHTA website.