Stephanie Taylor, M.D., M. Arch
Taylor Healthcare Consulting
PO Box 593
Stowe, VT 05672-0593
United States
(860) 501-8950
Region: I
Honorarium: $500 (Negotiable)

Dr. Stephanie Taylor received her MD from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts in 1984. For the next several decades, she practiced clinical medicine and did academic research in cellular growth mechanisms.

During this time, she became increasingly concerned about patients who were harmed by new infection during their in-patient treatment. Determined to gain a better understanding of the impact of the built environment on patient well-being, she returned to school and obtained her Master's Degree I Architecture and Engineering from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont. After working for several years in a healthcare design architecture firm, she founded Taylor Healthcare Consulting, Inc., in order to focus on designing, building and maintaining hospitals to better support patient healing. She quickly learned that many of the building and indoor air characteristics that affect people in hospitals also influenced the health of all people in buildings.

Dr. Taylor is currently working at the intersection of architectural design, indoor air management, the microbiome of the built environment and occupant health. She finds the impact of buildings on our health startling! Managing the built environment and indoor air with the goal of decreasing diseases from acute infections to chronic inflammation to cognitive impairment, is a very underutilized yet powerful approach to disease prevention. She finds that her physician insights and biological research helps her understand the science behind the interaction of buildings, human physiology and energy consumption.

Dr. Taylor has designed hospitals globally, from the United States to Papua New Guinea to Vietnam. In addition to her Taylor Healthcare Consulting work, she is a member of the Harvard Medical School Incite Health Fellowship. This program brings together multidisciplinary teams from across the US, trains them in design thinking and entrepreneurship, and gives them the tools and resources to guide the future of medical care.

To communicate her work and understanding about the fascinating convergence of human health, microbiology and architecture, Dr. Taylor writes monthly columns and bi-annual feature articles for Engineered Systems Magazine and publishes in other healthcare journals. She is an active member of ASHRAE, ASHE and national and international medical associations. When not working elsewhere, Dr. Taylor lives in beautiful Stowe, Vermont with her husband and eight dogs. One of her favorite activities is skydiving, which she finds is great practice for staying outside of her comfort zone!

Health as a Building Performance Metric

Our health is our number one resource, yet current building codes tend to focus on regulating energy consumption and averting catastrophic building events such as fires. This presentation shows research and science supporting the relationship between building design and occupant health, not just comfort, providing sound evidence for the importance of indoor air quality in residential, academic and commercial buildings. IAQ which supports optimal health and productivity for all people decreases job absenteeism, improves student learning and lightens the financial and human burden of chronic illness and acute infectious disease.

Active participation from the audience will be requested throughout the presentation as Dr. Taylor communicates medical and scientific information in a clear and sometimes humorous fashion, leaving the audience excited about the value of building design and maintenance in preserving health. They will also have clear take-away strategies to manage their own surroundings to improve their health and productivity.

Healthcare-Associated Infections and Hospital Indoor Air Quality
,p>As new research clarifies how essential the built environment is to patient healing and employee health and productivity Dr. Taylor will communicate clear and up to date research on how indoor air management relates to patient healing, length of stay and hospital profits. Given the exorbitant cost of healthcare, the frightening increase in antibiotic resistance, and the epidemic of patient harm from new infections, these insights offer exciting new tools that cannot be ignored. In addition, this study shows that the current focus on hand hygiene and surface disinfection to decrease transmission of infections will never be adequate without considering the added dimension of indoor management. For those still unconvinced about the value, the business case for these interventions will be presented. Best of all, these findings apply to all building types, not just hospitals.

The Impact of The Built-Environment On Cognitive Functioning and Worker Productivity
Dr. Taylor focuses on the relationship between indoor air management and occupant productivity and cognitive functioning, providing sound evidence for targeted design and maintenance standards for residential, academic and commercial buildings. Maintaining optimal health and productivity for all people will decrease job absenteeism, improve student learning and alleviate the financial and human burden of psychiatric disorders and memory decline.
Learn to Love Microbes
As more and more information about the microscopic indoor air ecosystem pours in thanks to new genetic analysis tools, Dr. Taylor relates this important topic to engineers in an understandable and fascinating way. Medical research now ties the variety of microbiological organisms living within us to many individual characteristics and diseases, such as our weight, metabolism, heart disease, Parkinson's disease and more. Engineers will leave the event with a clear idea of the importance of their work to the future of healthcare.
Engineers Are the Physicians of the Future
Dr. Taylor presents real-time data that presents strategies on improving the health of building occupants while reducing building energy consumption. We spend the majority of our time indoors, yet there is little information relating human physiology to indoor spaces. This presentation will reveal new data on occupant health and the indoor environment, and will turned preexisting views on indoor air management, design of inhabited spaces and surface cleaning upside down! Learn how indoor spaces can truly support human health and get ready to be totally amazed by the healing potential of the built environment