How Social Epidemiology Can Be Used to Plan & Design Healthy Places

The Healthy Places Design Lab is hosting a virtual event with Dr. Kawachi Ichiro, Professor of Social Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. He will give a short lecture and host a Q&A on how research from social epidemiology can be used to plan & design healthy cities. The event details are below:

Lunchtime Lecture: Erica Walker, Noise and the City

Do you have the right to peace and quiet? To piano-filled or piano-free enjoyment? Noises like car horns, leaf blowers, crying babies, parties, protestors, and building construction fill urban life, but they could be affecting our health.

Join Healthy Places GSD for a lunchtime lecture with Erica Walker, a researcher on community noise. Walker investigates with participatory citizen science tools such as her NoiseScore app, bringing equity and justice to soundscapes. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.

Lunch will be catered by Fresh Food Generation, a farm-to-plate food truck started by MIT DUSP alumna Cassandria Campbell to bring Caribbean-inspired healthy food to underserved neighborhoods.

Monday, November 26, 2018
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Gund Hall Room 124

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The Future of Food Systems Planning: Panel, Discussion, Dinner

What is the future of food systems planning?

The success of the food movement has gained traction nationally. Yet, there are still many structural dimensions of the food system that have negatively impact people, health, and the environment. What comes next in food systems planning? How do we get there? Join Healthy Places GSD for cocktails, a panel with practitioners, policy experts, and academics, and a delicious vegetarian meal provided by Roxbury-based Fresh Food Generation. We will be discussing some of the changing opportunities, challenges, and contradictions in the movement to create a more sustainable and more just food system.

Friday, April 20, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Harvard University Center for the Environment
26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Healthy Places GSD Happy Hour

Meet students interested in health and the built environment. Learn about their experiences and exchange ideas while enjoying food and drinks. Appetizers will be provided by Healthy Places GSD.

Friday, October 13, 2017
5:30 PM

John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House
33 Dunster Street
Cambridge, MA


Creating Healthy Places: The Role of Planning & Design in Promoting Health

The environments in which people live and work can have longstanding consequences for their health. Efforts to better understand these connections have spawned a growing body of research and intervention in the public health, planning and design fields.

This lecture reviews existing knowledge on the connections between health and the design of the built environment and how these lessons are being applied to improve the health of residents in the Greater Boston Region.


  • Ann Forsyth, Professor of Urban Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)
  • Barry Keppard, Public Health Director, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

Thursday, September 21, 2017
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Room 109, Gund Hall