Helping individuals, as part of a community, to truly engage with their health requires a holistic rethink of the tired, ineffective mechanisms we’ve employed for decades. That’s the goal of an ambitious Austin collaboration between five unlikely partners: the Design Institute for Health at UT Austin, Jennifer Chenoweth (a celebrated Austin artist), the Thinkery (a unique children's museum), ThinkEAST (a new residential district for the creative community), and Johnson & Johnson (the multinational health care company). This team is creating new approaches — technological and otherwise — to improving health in a planned East Austin community, using a creative process that combines visual arts, learning and exhibit design, as well as new approaches to data visualization. This conversation will feature four of the collaborators discussing their unprecedented effort to raise a community's health consciousness and literacy, to empower and enable them to act on their own behalf, to develop new insights into the priorities of residents, and ultimately to create offerings that have significant impact on their collective health.
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