Uplift Podcast: How to Design Now for the Behavioral Health Crisis
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An increasing number of adolescents and young adults—50% and 30%, respectively—report suffering from behavioral health issues, a challenge that predates the pandemic but has significantly deepened in its wake. On this episode of Uplift, we talk to health systems tackling the escalating need for pediatric behavioral healthcare through the design of treatment environments that impact the well-being of patients, families and staff. We’ll also explore two projects—the Ohana Campus in Monterey, CA, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH—that reflect current trends in behavioral health design.
About Our Guests
Susan is the Executive Director of Ohana, designing and leading the development of this center for child and adolescent behavioral health at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, CA. Dr. Swick has a long-standing interest in how adversity affects children and families, and in how well-timed interventions can make a critical difference. Prior to relocating to California in 2018, Dr. Swick served as the Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Newton Wellesley Hospital. She was an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts General Hospital. She attended Medical School at Columbia University, where she also received a Masters in Public Health.