Empathy = Action: How educating the next generation of health practitioners and designers in empathy and humility will impact poverty in Philadelphia and beyond.
As Philadelphians, we are concerned that we have the highest rate of deep poverty among America's 10 biggest cities. Contributing to this problem are high rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, higher rates of mental health complications and increased child asthma hospitalizations in Philadelphia’s most underserved neighborhoods. This inter-professional panel will unite a brain trust of local leaders, community members, practitioners, and students from Philadelphia and Thomas Jefferson University to brainstorm opportunities for how design can make more significant impacts on public engagement and wellness within communities. A curated dialogue will explore how capacity building in humility and empathy of future design and health professionals can build awareness and develop collaborative solutions to improve the health of Philadelphians.