Open Classroom | Interdisciplinary and Human-Centered Design: Fostering Participatory Design Research Approaches to Address Public Health-Related Issues | Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis
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Open Classroom | Interdisciplinary and Human-Centered Design: Fostering Participatory Design Research Approaches to Address Public Health-Related Issues

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Presented by:
Penina Acayo Laker, MFA
Assistant Professor of Communication Design
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University

A human-centered and interdisciplinary lens can generate innovative solutions to public health challenges that are culturally appropriate, equitable, and inspire social change. Whether investigating the role of visual literacy when developing graphic tools to communicate the symptoms of malaria to residents of Kibera, Kenya, or designing stakeholder-informed messages to improve mental health awareness and decrease stigma in Masaka, Uganda, this talk will focus on the process of creating deliverables utilizing a human-centered approach. The talk will highlight the importance of cultural awareness, community-engagement, and evaluation techniques as they apply to social impact work in the fields of healthcare and public health. 

This program is presented in partnership with the International Center for Child Health and Development and SMART Africa.