Our cities have a massive opportunity to build regional economies around a focus on health, well-being and vitality. Wellness can be an economic strategy for places that choose to be Health Cities. It includes building clinical healthcare, as well as investment in health sciences, food innovation, wearables, digital health, and much more.
Health Cities are also emerging as destinations and magnets for talent and investment because they have urban spaces that encourage and facilitate healthy living through their design, green spaces, local food, fresh air, and exercise.
Rochester, MN, home to the Mayo Clinic, is leading the way as a Health City. It’s a global destination for health and wellness, attracting top talent, emerging as a center for R&D in health data, and offers a catalytic model for growth in the region and across the nation.
On January 26, CityAge, in collaboration with Minnesota Finance & Commerce and Destination Medical Center, brought together the leaders mapping out the course ahead for the development of health-focused district communities across the world.
Anchor Welcome and Introduction: Naomi Parness, Founder, KPW Communications
Opening Presentation by: Travis McCready, Executive Director, JLL
Presentation by: Patrick Seeb, Executive Director, Destination Medical Center
Fireside Chat: Wellness as Economic Strategy
How cities can approach health and wellness as an economic strategy. What results have Kitchener and Rochester seen from their investments in the health industry?
Presentation by: Darryl Knight, VP Research and Academic Affairs, Providence Health Care
Fireside Chat: When Research Integrates with Physical Space
This session will look at how the most productive health research clusters in the world integrate with physical space. What kinds of spaces foster the innovation and research results that drive amazing health discoveries? And how do we ensure physical spaces have the technological connectivity and support modern research requires?
Panel: Health in the City: Urban Design, Entrepreneurship, Community
What kind of urban design, architecture, and infrastructure does a Health City need? How design can foster wellness and increase productivity at the same time, how healthcare providers and researchers can engage the communities they live in, and how Health Cities boost community health through their built environment.