The Healthy Rhode Island Environmental Design Summit will convene panels of scholars, officials, and community leaders to discuss their efforts and ideas for creating healthy places to live. The event from 8 am. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Omni Providence Hotel is part of a three-day conference at the hotel of the Environmental Design Research Association. At 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Mike McCormick, Brown assistant vice president for planning, design, and construction, will speak on a panel about healthy neighborhoods. At 4:30 p.m. Kim Boekelheide, professor of medical science and director of the Brown Superfund Research Program, will speak on a panel about partnerships for healthy regions, cities, and states, and then at 7 p.m. President Christina Paxson will serve as the academic representative on a panel wrapping up the findings and recommendations produced over the course of the day. At the broader conference, Boekelheide will speak again May 30, as will Dr. James Padbury. professor of pediatrics. Terrie "Fox" Wetle, dean of Public Health, will speak May 31.

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