Built Environment, Behavior, and Health Team

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Dr. Scott Brown, Research Assistant Professor, collaborates with an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Miami Schools of Medicine and Architecture on numerous studies including a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-funded research investigation of the relationship of built (physical) environment “walkability” characteristics such as land-use mix, greenery, and transit in relation to obesity and related chronic health outcomes and health care costs among 750,000 Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries in Miami-Dade County, Florida; a National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)-funded study (PI: Dr. José Szapocznik) examining built environment walkability in relation to Hispanic immigrants’ physical activity and progression on metabolic syndrome indicators; and a collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Parks Department to investigate the relationship of parks access to health. Finally, Brown and colleagues also study the role of the health-care built environment in patient quality of care and health outcomes.