Larson shared her experiences on how design can positively influence behavioral healthcare outcomes. For example, integrating positive distractions like views of nature and playful features can have a calming effect on pediatric patients and their families. She spoke of principles that were applied in the design of inpatient and outpatient environments for PrairieCare, Aris Clinics, and Meridian Behavioral Health.
The panel was hosted by the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers and helped kick-off the HCD Conference held in Houston, TX. Larson was joined by designers from Cannon Design, BWBR and Itani Design Concepts.