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Save the Date: Dr. Bon Ku | Medicine + Design
October 30 @ 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, October 30th
Dr. Bon Ku: Medicine + Design
The Center for Global Humanities at the University of New England is pleased to present a biannual speaker-series as part of The Complete City in collaboration with the Portland Society for Architecture, Creative Portland, The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Muskie School of Public Service, all working together to strengthen our potential to build a better future. The third presenter in this series is renowned physician Dr. Bon Ku.
Dr. Ku, Founder and Director of JeffDesign at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, is leading an effort to train future doctors to think like City Planners so they can influence Urban Design.
“One of our mission statements is, how do we design healthier cities?” Ku says. “And how do we humanize the data around that? Some people argue that’s not the health system’s job, that’s a public sector job. Because if you fix economic disparity and the quality of education and food, that’s going to improve health, totally. How can I, as a physician who deals with the complications of diseases, make an impact on that? I want caring about these disparities and social injustices to be in the DNA of physicians.”
Bon has spoken widely on the intersection of health and design thinking (TEDx, South by Southwest, Mayo Clinic Transform, Stanford Medicine X, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) and serves on the Design and Health Leadership Group at the American Institute of Architects. In 2016, he received the Health Care Innovators Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal.
The intersection of public health and city-building will continue to be a theme for PSA and this event will prompt more design-dialogues and programming.