The HCD 10: Jeri Brittin, Researcher

Jeri Brittin, PhD, director, social and behavioral sciences, HDR (Boise, Idaho)

With a background in inside design and arithmetic in addition to doctoral coaching in well being promotion and illness prevention analysis, Jeri Brittin leads a transdisciplinary staff of social and behavioral scientists at HDR.

Their work informs planning and design decision-making to advertise fascinating behavioral and health-related outcomes amongst populations of individuals in buildings, organizations, and communities.

Inside the healthcare sector particularly, Brittin helps healthcare design analysis with a excessive diploma of scientific integrity that asks clear questions, presents methodologies and findings transparently, makes use of applicable evaluation, produces actionable insights, and offers a reputable basis for additional work within the area.

For instance, her staff developed the HDR CARE (Medical Affordance Associated to the Setting) Scale, which identifies connections between design components and conduct, on this case operationalized because the diploma of ease or issue of performing every day caregiving duties within the inpatient surroundings.

Her current initiatives embrace a community-wide research for the Mat-Su Health Foundation in Alaska to know native variations in well being standing and social wants, and to achieve enter for a brand new group well being campus deliberate to handle a number of social determinants of well being.

Brittin additionally lately led a mixed-method post-occupancy analysis on the Sheltering Arms Institute, a vacation spot rehabilitation facility in Richmond, Va., to evaluate how the surroundings offers assist for a group of sufferers with spinal wire and mind damage and the professionals who work with them.

Past healthcare, Brittin serves the larger public well being, too, via initiatives equivalent to a big research to information strategic planning for a serious park in New York Metropolis. Her staff has additionally developed the Planning and Evaluation of Transportation and Well being (PATHS) Framework for integration of public well being and transportation experience in a viable mannequin of connections between transportation interventions, results on well being determinants, and extra distal results on inhabitants well being outcomes.

She continues to share her pondering and work with the trade at giant via publications and frequent displays, and thru service on committees centered on design and well being.

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