Current Leader

Tammy Thompson

Tammy Thompson
Location: Greenville, North Carolina Cohort Start Year: 2020 Project Topics: Addiction and Substance Abuse, Arts in Health and Healing, Behavioral and Mental Health, Built Environment/Housing/Planning, Community/Civic Engagement, Disability Inclusion, Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Early Childhood, Economic Stability, Education, Elder Care, Employment, Food Systems and Nutrition, Health Care Access, Health Care Quality, Maternal and Infant Health, Obesity, Public, Population and Community Health, Social Sector/Non-Profit Populations Served: Adolescents (12-20 years), Adults (21-64 years), African-American/Black, At-Risk/Vulnerable Populations, Children (6-11 years), Children and Families, Hispanic/Latino/Latinx, Low-Income Communities, Men's Health, Older Adults (65+), People with Disabilities, Rural Communities, Women's Health, Young Children (0-5 years)
Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.

Tammy’s vision for a Culture of Health includes a network of community sanctuaries that would enable the health care system to address the social determinants of health by providing preventive assistance to residents in need. She envisions community gardens located in public spaces, like parks, hospital and clinic green spaces, as well as church, library, and school lawns. These outreach locations would become places where community investors could devote resources to improve the quality of life for residents in need. Tammy imagines that these sanctuaries would offer preventive care and job readiness to improve the economic status of community members. They would be used to distribute supplies that may sustain families who would otherwise live in poverty.

Since hospitals often see the results of crime, lack of education, unstable home environments, broken social structures, and inadequate health care, Tammy believes their only option is to take a proactive approach to these social determinants of health. She thinks hospitals could save unnecessary treatment costs by investing in the well-being of their surrounding neighborhoods.

Recognizing that this dream is only possible as a result of interprofessional collaboration, Tammy is building a design network to dissect these social challenges. Through human-centered design, she plans to engage eastern North Carolina communities to reimagine, prototype, and evaluate ideas for creating a Culture of Health.


As a health care experience architect, Tammy Thompson designs supportive environments for patients, families, and health care workers. Inspired by their journeys, she starts each challenge with an empathic discovery phase. Then, she co-designs solutions with the individuals who receive and deliver care. As a proponent of evidence-based design, Tammy is engaged in research to promote resilience in health care professionals with right-brain exercises. She anticipates health innovation as a result of her work with compassionate nurses and other team members.





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