Empowering families to create smoke-free homes.

MICA Center for Social Design + Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD)

Design Challenge
Children living with one or more smoking parents are at increased risk for involuntary smoke exposure, which can cause many negative health outcomes.

A smoke-free environment can not only protect children from exposure to involuntary smoke, but also convey an antitobacco social norm that prevents and reduces smoking behavior in the future.

Design Response 
From 2016 to 2017, I led a team of students through a human-centered design process in collaboration with BCHD and local community partners.

Together we created HealthiAir, a pop-up event to help families make their homes smoke-free. 

At each HealthiAir pop-up event, participants are guided through five activities aligned to the stages of health behavior change. At the end of the event, participants pledge to begin their journey towards creating a smoke free home and are connected with helpful resources for cessation and support.

Learn More
Read about the design process and results discussed in this research poster, “Using Community-Acaemic Partnerships and Social Design to Develop and Implement A Smoke Free Home Intervention.”

Awards & Recognition
2018 Strategy & Research Core77 Design Award Winner

Role: Project Lead + Faculty Lead

Team: Denise Shante Brown, Amanda Buck, Hayley Frazier, Mihoshi Fukushima, Jenny Hung, Christy Tang, Naeeme Mohammedi, Smile Indias

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