The social and physical environments we live in can make us thrive and make us sick. The ABCD Neighborhood Design Seminars examine the built-environment surrounding some of our most vulnerable residents and looks for ways in which we might rethink key elements—construction, streetscape, land use, and more—to the betterment of community health.

Join Us To Help Ask the Tough Questions...

  • Which design strategies facilitate positive health outcomes in poor communities
  • If we were to rebuild our communities using good design principles, how would we keep them affordable and accessible to those living in poverty?
  • Are there downsides to Smart Growth for poor neighborhoods?

​...and leave with answers that lead to action!



Please click here for full bios of the panelists. 

Doug Brugge, PhD, MS
Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
Vedette Gavin, MPH, MPA
Director of Research and Partnerships, Conservation Law Foundation
Margaret Reid, RN, BA, MPA
Director, Office of Health Equity, Boston Public Health Commission
Olmis Sanchez
Program Coordinator, Roxbury Environmental Empowerment Project, Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE)
James Connolly, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Northeastern University; Associate Director of the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability

Seminar Packet

The following items will be included in the packet materials:

Additional Resources

Will be updated as resources become available. 

Also mark your calendars for the next two installments of the neighborhood design series!

Fixing the Design: Smart Growth and Transit-Oriented Development

Thursday, May 12, 2017 3:00 – 5:00 PM, ABCD

Part III - Poverty by Design

Thursday, June 29, 2017 3:00 – 5:00 PM, ABCD