The Chicago Chapter of the Association of Medical Facility Professionals (AMFP) announced on Sept. 10 that a WELL-BEING virtual event will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. CST, Sept. 21, 2021. Three experts will discuss how healthcare space environments can lead to personal well-being and share their insights on biophilic design. Biophilic design can create an overall sense of well-being and help reduce stress.
Health care professionals will learn the importance of creating safe spaces for people to heal and how nature-centric designs have been shown to reduce stress in patients, visitors and employees.
“Self-care is simply giving myself permission to PAUSE and it is ESSENTIAL,” said Felicia Houston, MA, LCPC, CWA Community Development Liaison at UChicago Medicine at Ingalls, one expert on panel. “You can’t pour from an EMPTY vessel as wellness is a state of mind.”
“Biophilia at its core describes humanity’s innate connection with nature,” said Shane Pliska, President and CEO of Planterra, a leading expert in biophilic design and panelist for this event. “This nature-centric design movement improves the human experience in architecture and the built environment.”
According to Scott Hullinger, Chief Executive Officer of Silver Oaks Hospital: One in five individuals have a mental health issue; in addition, the rate of suicides has increased 35% since 1999. Structural designs help to optimize well-being in facilities. Creating a safe space for people to heal is important as it: Reduces potential negative outcomes, removes barriers to improve well-being and is designed structurally to improve suicide rates.
This virtual event will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. CST, Sept. 21, 2021. Registration is available at: here. It’s FREE for AMFP members and $25 for non-members.