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Jul 30, 2021

On part 2 of  today’s episode, Cheryl interviews Angela Mazzi, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC and Principal at GBBN. Cheryl asks Angela the question, “What is Salutogenesis and how does it apply to healthcare?”  Angela answers, “This is a term coined by medical sociologist Aaron Antonovsky. It has latin roots--saluto meaning health and genesis meaning generating. We’re all familiar with pathogenetic or disease causing, and this sort of the opposite. What Aaron Antonovsky had noticed was that the resources people had to cope in an environment affected their outcomes. Essentially the amount of stressors in their environment and the way that they could deal with things could make a difference whether they had better healing or less beneficial healing.” Learn more about how Angela and her team at GBBN apply salutogenesis and the positive outcomes that result. This and so much more on the changing face of healthcare design on today’s episode of the podcast with Angela Mazzi.

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RESOURCES referenced in this episode

  1. High Volume ED paper:
  2. HERD Journal Article on Salutogenesis :
  3. GBBN Salutogenesis insight :
  4. Angela talks about the importance of a variety of milieu in this article in Healthcare Design Magazine:
  5. GBBN Milieu Insight:

In Cheryl’s conversation with Angela Mazzi, they discuss:

  • In November, 2020, The American College of Healthcare Architects elected Angela as their president of the Board of Regents. What does this new position mean for Angela and her career to assume this new role?
  • Angela co-authored the white paper, “High Volume Healthcare as a Livable Environment: Strategies from the ED” and in it she shares evidence-based strategies to improve the patient experience of high volume chaotic ED’s by promoting flow, quality of care, safety and security. Hear Angela unpack this with Cheryl.
  • How have things changed in the ED post COVID?
  • What is Salutogenesis and how does it apply to healthcare?
  • How does Angela apply the ancient art and science of Feng Shui to her healthcare projects?
  • What are Angela’s current projects at GBBN?
  • How did Angela arrive at Healthcare?
  • Angela hosts a weekly show on Clubhouse on Monday mornings called, “Architects as Healers, Building as Medicine” at 9am EST, and “Critical Conversations” on Sundays at 2pm EST. Angela talks in more detail about these shows.
  • In Angela's opinion, what will hospitals look like in 20 to 30 years?
  • For interior design, architecture and Feng Shui students who might be interested in moving into healthcare as a specialization, but are a bit afraid of it, Angela has some interesting advice for you?

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  • The Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design

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