Brown University Superfund Research Program Participates in the Healthy + Healing Places Environmental Design Research Conference

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) held its 44th international conference entitled Healthy + Healing Places in Providence, Rhode Island, May 29 – June 1, 2013. The conference highlighted the power of good, smart and caring environmental design in actively promoting health and healing. Dr. Marcella R. Thompson, State Agencies and Community Liaison for Brown University’s Superfund Research Program (SRP), served as a member of EDRA’s conference planning committee. EDRA44 featured an unprecedented Healthy Rhode Island Environmental Design Summit where five panels of local community leaders and state champions presented a place-based approach to healthy communities; health stations for primary care and prevention; streets for healthy living; healthy neighborhoods; healthy cities, regions and states; and academic-government-community partnerships. Distinguished participants included Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); Regional Administrator Barbara Fields (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), Dr. Michael Fine (Director, Rhode Island Department of Health), Dr. Donald J. Faras (President, Roger Williams University), and Dr. Christina Paxson (President, Brown University).


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