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RISD Hosts Symposium on Intersection of Art, Design and Healthcare

Published on March 13, 2011

On the eve of the first anniversary of landmark legislation to reform healthcare in the United States, the Rhode Isalnd School of Design (RISD) gathered leading artists, designers and activists together with health professionals, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and members of the RISD community for MakeIt Better, a symposium on the expanding role for art and design in healthcare innovation.

Dr. Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, opened the Symposium with a discussion on the unlikely alliance of healthcare and design.  Citing the need to utilize all available resources to help the United States achieve the highest attainable level of care and prevention for all citizens, Dr. Koh provided numerous examples of how art and design can provide the creative energy needed to convey complex information and change cultural norms.  From redesigning healthcare spaces for better patient satisfaction and quality of care to developing playful ways to promote healthy living to creating more visually impactful nutritional labels and product warnings, artists and designers will play an increasingly important role in improving healthcare delivery.

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