Make it Better

April 2011

RISD kicked off a series of ongoing national conversations about Art + Design and the future of healthcare with the two-day symposium “Make It Better,” sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio.

“Make It Better” brought leading artists and designers together with health professionals, policy makers, and entrepreneurs to discuss the ways in which Art + Design are uniquely capable of improving public health and the delivery of healthcare.

Presentations like  “Public Practices: Artists, Designers and Health Activism” addressed the human need for physical spaces, products, policies and messages that offer fresh and effective approaches to maintaining personal health and delivering excellent quality care.  Participants enjoyed a welcome from Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and talks from these keynote speakers:

Howard K. Koh
Assistant Secretary for Health,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mel Chin

Sara Diamond
President, OCAD University

Donna Garland
Associate Director for Communication,
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention

Raynard Kington
President, Grinnell College

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