NEW YORK (MEDIA WIRE) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new design and engineering program that aims to make it easier for doctors to design better, healthier homes.
The CDC has created a new “Designing and Engineering to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke” (DARE) program to allow physicians to create new designs to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, which the CDC said is the third largest cause of death in the United States.
The program is designed to be self-directed and will help doctors create designs that will reduce heart disease or stroke mortality by 20 percent or more, according to a statement from the CDC.
The program is intended to help prevent heart disease in underserved populations, such as the elderly and those with disabilities, the statement said.
Dr. John B. Schulz, director of the CDC’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said the goal of the program is to provide doctors with tools to develop designs that have the best chance of reducing the risks of heart attacks and strokes, particularly among those who are younger and older, who have low socioeconomic status, and people who have a family history of heart failure or other cardiovascular disease.
He said the new design program is an important step toward making it easier to design homes that meet the medical needs of doctors.
“Our goal is to make design more accessible for patients and their families,” Schulz said.
“The goal is not to do away with design,” he said.
“We want to make the design process as simple as possible for patients to help them understand and choose the right design.”
The program will provide doctors the tools to design their homes that will make the most sense for the patient, the CDC stated.
The DARE program, launched in March 2017, will allow doctors to create and design a home that meets the medical need of their patients.
The new design toolkit will be available for physicians to use as part of their ongoing clinical design work.
“Designing a home is a critical component of the DARE design program,” Dr. John C. Cieri, chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease at the CDC, said in the statement.
“While designing the design will be a collaborative effort between physicians, home builders and home improvement retailers, the goal is for patients in underserving populations to have the tools and support to make informed decisions about their care.”
The Dares design tools, designed by experts, will be used to help physicians improve the quality of their homes and the safety of their residents.
The tools will be provided to all physicians by DARE partners including the Association of Home Builders, the American Society of Home Inspectors, and the National Association of Realtors.”DARE is about creating a safe and effective way for families and patients to design and construct their homes,” Dr Cieri said.