Racism Has Always Been a Public Health Crisis: Equity and Health in the Built Environment
In recent years both Boston and New York City have officially declared racism to be a public health crisis. In this moderated panel discussion, you'll hear from a group of diverse speakers that represent various aspects of the building industry. Through the lens of building science, consulting, outdoor spaces, healthy materials, policy, and medical backgrounds, we will explore and unpack how race, geography, and economics intersect in the area of healthy housing. As we work tirelessly to improve our built environment, we invite you to unpack ways in which we can put public health research into action on our road to a more environmentally equitable future.
- Describe the importance of mechanical ventilation in reducing indoor air pollutants as well as simple steps that residents in low-to-moderate resource settings can do to mitigate exposure.
- Access the resources that can help identify and specify building materials which promote occupant health, as well as equity and environmental justice in the built environment and throughout the supply chain.
- Address cultural diversity considerations in the building planning and design process and take action to make building design policies and procedures more culturally inclusive.
- Challenge common understandings of “access” and “recreation,” leading to a reframing of the importance of providing a safe and accessible pathway to greenspace.