How is Denver Shaping Health?
In light of current world events, shaping health has never been more important for our cities. Now more than ever, we experience firsthand how our environments play a role in putting people at risk of death, and in saving lives. The environment will play an important role in the next urban revitalization to create health-promoting, disease combating infrastructures.
As part of the Centre for Conscious Design's global Conscious Cities Festival, Denver's festival event will bring together local cross-disciplinary experts to describe how they are Shaping Health. Each expert will share a short presentation of how they are impacting change in the Denver metropolis and beyond as we work towards a healthier, more responsive and adaptive city. This event aims to share our city’s strategies globally, as well as identify opportunities in which we can learn from other cities.
Fellow, The Centre for Conscious Design
Director of Research, Boulder Associates Architects, Boulder, CO
Advisory Council, Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA)
Meredith Banasiak, M.Arch., EDAC cultivates multi-disciplinary research, knowledge sharing, and application to inform design innovation which optimizes health, performance and access. Across her experience in research, practice and pedagogy, she supports the transformational shift in design towards an evidence-based, person-centered culture. As Director of Research for Boulder Associates Architects, she is responsible for developing research partnerships with healthcare organizations, exploring novels methods for conducting real-time research, and gathering and translating evidence with designers. As a faculty member in architecture and environmental design programs, Meredith integrated neuro and cognitive science concepts in her studio and lecture-based courses to facilitate designing for human diversity across physical, sensory and cognitive abilities. She is an advisory council member for the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA), and has published in psychology, medicine and architectural research journals and books.
Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, is the President and CEO of Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, a world-renowned rehabilitation hospital that exclusively specializes in the neuro-rehabilitation and research of patients with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries.
Dr. Allen-Davis was the vice-president of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado from 2009-2018. In that role she led the organization’s government relations and regulatory affairs, community relations and community benefit investment, clinical research activities, stakeholder engagement, communications, and advertising and marketing functions.
Dr. Allen-Davis is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and was in active practice for 25 years. Her past roles at Kaiser Permanente included associate medical director of external relations for the Colorado Permanente Medical Group, regional director of patient safety and physician chief of the Wheat Ridge Medical Offices. Dr. Allen-Davis was elected to the Colorado Permanente Medical Group Board of Directors in 1998 and chaired the board in her final year.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School, Dr. Allen-Davis completed her residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Before going to work at Kaiser Permanente in 1994 as a staff obstetrician gynecologist, she was an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and spent four years in the Indian Health Service in Tuba City, Ariz., during which time she also served as member and chair of the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists’ Committee on Alaska Native and Indian Affairs.
Dr. Allen-Davis believes health care will improve when all the primary stakeholder groups — clinicians, patients, elected officials, community leaders and employers — can collaborate effectively to put the patient at the center.
Dr. Allen-Davis is an active participant in the community and currently serves on the boards of Dartmouth Geisel Medical School, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, National Jewish Health, Colorado Hospital Association, and is a member of the Colorado State Economic Development Commission. She has been recognized as: a
5280 Magazine “Top Doc” in the Denver Metropolitan Area; by Modern Healthcare as one of 2020’s Minority Leaders to Watch in Healthcare; is a recipient of the MLK Business Award (2020); and, in addition to other leadership awards, named as an Outstanding Woman in Health Care by the Denver Business Journal. She is married and has two children. She enjoys
gardening, hiking and is a fiber artist whose work has been displayed in several galleries over the years.
Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Craig Hospital
Diane Reinhard, DNP, MBA, MSCIS, RN, CRRN, NE-BC, is Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer at Craig Hospital. She received her BSN from the University of Denver in 1985, MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2001, and M.S. in Computer Information Systems from University of Phoenix in 2001. Diane received her Doctorate in Nursing - Executive Leadership from the American Sentinel University in 2013. Diane holds professional certification in Healthcare Finance and is board certified in Rehabilitation Nursing and Executive Nursing. Diane has been in the field since 1982 and has been at Craig Hospital since 1990. She manages utilization of human, fiscal, and material resources allocated to nursing, food services, pharmacy, nursing education, patient/family education, infection control, Nurse Advice Line and quality departments. She continues to be active in local and national professional boards of directors.
As a senior design researcher with HKS, Casey Lindberg is dedicated to the translation of scientific findings to design. With a PhD in experimental psychology and a Master of Architecture, his expertise positions him to study and communicate how the environment affects health, wellbeing, and behavior.
Casey is broadly interested in the way different environments affect humans physiologically and psychologically. He has extensive experience using wearable technology and IEQ measures to study how the environment affects physiological health and wellbeing. He is particularly interested in design solutions for the dissimilar effects the environment has on people due to individual differences.
Vice President of Communications and Public Policy, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Cathy Alderman has served as the Vice President of Communications and Public Policy for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) since 2015 and oversees the Education and Advocacy (E&A) Team. The E&A Team is responsible for public/media relations, lobbying activities, social media, publications, community engagement, public outreach, and education. During her four years at CCH, Cathy has successfully advocated for state and local housing resources resulting in first time housing investments by both Denver and the Colorado State Government. She has contributed to media relations and interviews that have resulted in over $7.5 million in ad value reaching over 825 million readers/viewers annually.
Before joining CCH, Cathy served as the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) and the PPRM Action Fund overseeing policy, political, and community engagement work for a four-state region. In that role, she directed four successful opposition campaigns of statewide anti-abortion ballot measures and successfully lobbied for proactive legislation to improve access to reproductive healthcare. Cathy also worked for the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) on legislative issues related to patient safety in the operating room, working in up to 13 states annually to pass proactive legislation. Prior to that role, she worked for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services overseeing a statewide expansion of Medicaid Managed Care, and the Madison County Health Department in Ohio as an Epidemiologist and Legal Adviser.
Cathy received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School and a Master of Science in Public Health from the Tulane School of Public Health in Tropical Medicine. She graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy and a minor degree in Environmental Management. A native of Georgia, Cathy has also lived in New Orleans; Madrid, Spain; and Columbus, Ohio before moving to Denver, Colorado in 2005.
Donald H. Ruggles, AIA, is CEO of Ruggles Mabe Studio, a boutique residential architecture and interior design firm based in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1970, the firm is dedicated to the idea that beauty can improve the lives of its clients. Their award winning projects have been featured in publications world-wide. Don is the author of the book Beauty, Neuroscience & Architecture (2017) and Executive Producer of the full-length documentary movie Built Beautiful (2020).
Associate Professor University of Colorado, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Carrie Makarewicz, PhD is an associate professor in Urban and Regional Planning at CU Denver. She researches the implications for individuals and families from the interactions among public sector investments, market development, and policies for housing, transportation, and schools. Her main focuses include public transportation and active transportation facilities, affordable housing, public schools, community development, and post-disaster housing recovery. She has worked as a change management consultant, city planner, and policy analyst. She has a BBA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Affairs from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.