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Health 2.0 Pittsburgh: The Interconnection of Health and the Environment

November 17, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

This lively Health 2.0 Pittsburgh session builds on a national dialogue about the connection between health and the environment and creates an opportunity to visit Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes–one of the greatest buildings on Earth.

Following a networking session with drinks and a light dinner and docent-led tours, Emily Kalnicky, PhD, Phipps’ director of science education and research, and Mary Kathryn Poole, Phipps’ program director for Let’s Move Pittsburgh, will welcome us to the Center, highlighting how Phipps’ buildings, operations, programs, and Apps foster the connections between people, plants, health, the planet, and beauty.

Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis, the executive director of Women for a Healthy Environment, will then frame the key messages that you will hear throughout the evening. To stimulate an exchange of ideas with the audience, Michelle will also pose thought-provoking questions.

Four local innovators–Anthony Joy from Cleveland Metroparks, Davit Davitian from SolePower, Kristen Kurland from CMU, and Stephen Quick from CMU’s Remaking Cities Institute–will then demo their technology applications that match the theme during 10-minute pitches and questions and answers. You will see examples of Apps, energy-saving technologies, GIS spatial analyses, and 3D computer simulations. (Please see below for more information about the speakers.)

Michelle will then summarize the major game changers and pose another series of though-provoking questions to continue the lively exchange of ideas. We will close with another opportunity to network and tour Phipps.

We hope you will be able to attend this interactive event and network with a diverse mix of students, technology developers, entrepreneurs, funders, healthcare providers, public health leaders, and theme-specific stakeholders.

To provide an accurate head count for our host, please RSVP by Tuesday, November 10th by contacting Ben Johnston at bjohnston@prhi.org or 412-586-6714. If your plans change, please let us know.

About Health 2.0 Pittsburgh

Health 2.0 Pittsburgh connects disruptive technology solutions to contemporary, important community health issues through local forums organized by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. During the events, topic experts and a mix of students, funders, technology developers, and entrepreneurs network, frame and explore the issue, and showcase technology solutions that match the issue.

About our Host

For more than 120 years, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has showcased nature’s wonders. Today, their history of excellence provides a platform for exploring the intersection of the built and natural worlds and how it relates to both human and environmental wellness. Phipps approaches this work by showing that people plants, health, the planet, and beauty are all interconnected. These connections can be seen in all of their buildings, operations, and programs.

About our Topic Experts and Health Innovators

Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis is the executive director of Women for a Healthy Environment (WHE). She leads WHE’s strategic activities, focusing on prevention of human health problems linked to environmental risk factors. Michelle also serve on several boards and coalitions, including the PA Green and Healthy Schools Partnership Health and Wellness Task Force. Previously, she served as the director of land protection at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Anthony M. Joy, MBA is the chief information officer for Cleveland Metroparks, where he manages all of the technology services and needs. During the Health 2.0 Event, he will demo their Parks App and iNature educational guide, which help to connect people to nature.

Davit Davitian is the business development lead at SolePower. The Pittsburgh-based SolePower group created a power-generating insole that allows outdoor enthusiasts, the military, people in developing regions, and everyday users of consumer electronics to charge their mobile devices simply by walking.

Kristen S. Kurland is a teaching professor of architecture, information systems, and public policy at CMU’s Heinz College and School of Architecture. Professor Kurland will present how her work crosses the boundaries of health and the built environment. She uses the technology of GIS spatial analyses to assess the connections between health, park proximity, green spaces, and urban design.

Stephen Quick, FAIA, LEED AP is an architect, adjunct professor of architecture at CMU, and research associate for CMU’s Remaking Cities Institute. Stephen will demo 3D models of Pittsburgh that are used to simulate and query what would happen to health and other impacts if certain features of the urban environment are changed. Within the space of technology, health, and the environment, Stephen has also worked on healthy living projects with Allegheny County Medical Society, GIS mapping, and walkable cities.



November 17, 2015
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Inc.
One Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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