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Transforming rehabilitation medicine and education in Haiti

14 November 2011

Healthcare Design 2011, Nashville, TN

Jay Verspyck AIA, Shepley Bulfinch
Koji Nakashima MD, Partners In Health
Andree LeRoy MD, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

Collaborative healthcare design has the power to act as a catalyst for social change, transforming perceptions of individuals with disabilities in a culture where they have been long stigmatized.

In this roundtable discussion (Session R14), Jay, Koji, and Andree discuss the establishment of Haiti’s first dedicated public rehabilitation service and education facility at L’Hopital Saint Nicolas in St. Marc, Haiti, designed to meet the needs of the estimated 10% of Haiti’s population that is disabled following the 2010 earthquake.

Aspects of the discussion include design strategies for building in other cultures and the effective use of adaptive technologies, local materials, and resources in limited-resource settings. The discussion also includes the process that brought together Shepley Bulfinch, Mass Design Group, Partners Healthcare, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network with Partners In Health to deliver this project, now beginning construction.

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