In the grant submission, Carmel-Gilfilen explained, “This study will investigate the impact of design on cultural sensitivity by creating a prototype hospital that improves the health of minority populations. The project will emphasize deliverables that address cultural sensitivity, including the design of patient and family areas, and way finding components. Further, design outcomes will respond to disaster relief through the inclusion of specific programmatic elements. Finally, design solutions hold promise for improving the quality of health care for individual patients, communities, and populations.”
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