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Built Environment, Behavior, and Health Team

Built Environment, Behavior, and Health Team

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.