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Health

CareS Mobile Safety Center Redesigning a mobile health bus to reach a bilingual audience

The CareS Mobile Safety Center parks outside schools, medical clinics, health fairs, and other venues in Baltimore. The colorfully painted, forty-foot vehicle has a retrofitted interior that looks like a normal home but educates visitors about safety hazards. Teaching parents how to prevent burns, poisoning, falls, strangulation, and other injuries in the home, it meets an important need in Baltimore City, where childhood death due to fire reached four times the national average between 2002 and 2004.1 The Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research & Policy created this interactive house on wheels in 2004. Since then it attracted over eighteen thousand visitors through 2009,2 96 percent of whom reported learning something new during their tour.3 Yet its organizers found that the vehicle needed to communicate more effectively to Baltimore’s growing Hispanic communities, so they approached mica’s Center for Design Practice (CDP) to modify the existing design of the van in a way that would reach both Englishand Spanish-speaking audiences. The CDP occupies the top floor of a row house on the mica campus. Here Mike Weikert, founder and director of this multidisciplinary design studio, prepares students for design

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Some call it design for the greater good. Others call it social design. Whatever you call it, it's clear that an altruistic impulse is on th...

Designing For Social Change  

Some call it design for the greater good. Others call it social design. Whatever you call it, it's clear that an altruistic impulse is on th...

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