February 8 – 11 marked the U.S Department of State’s Alumni TIES Seminar, “New Frontiers of Global Public Health” held in Atlanta, Georgia. Organized by World Learning, alumni from U.S. sponsored exchange programs, including the Fulbright Scholarship Program and Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Program, were selected to attend the three-day seminar to learn about global public health issues from leading experts. Through interactive work sessions, attendees shared their expertise in order to develop innovative approaches to address a spectrum of health challenges, such as infectious disease control in sub-Saharan Africa to obesity and diabetes prevention in the United States.
As an alumni of both the Fulbright Scholarship Program (2010) and the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship Program (2008), I was incredibly honored to have been selected as one of thirty emerging professionals to participate with my perspectives as a planner and landscape designer; specifically sharing my platform and interest in exploring the connections between the design/planning of our built environment and it’s symbiotic connection to individual and community health.
The seminar featured experienced professionals on panel topics from providing access to health care for underserved communities, to the role of media and technology in global public health. I co-led a panel discussion on Community Inclusive Projects where I shared about HHF Planner’s involvement and leadership in organizing community-based service projects including our most recent Green Apple Day of Service project.
Weaving all of the new threads of knowledge gained at the seminar, in addition to a new network of friends, I’ll be furthering my exploration of how to use placemaking design strategies to promote health and wellness in indigenous communities in both Hawai‘i and Arizona. Stay tuned to learn more!
With deepest gratitude I thank the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs International Exchange Alumni and World Learning for this incredible opportunity to learn, engage and be inspired.
Angelica Rockquemore is a Landscape Designer and Planner at HHF Planners. Last year marked the second year that she was chosen as one of 12 invitees to attend the ASLA Diversity Summit. She was also recently appointed to the national ASLA Associate Advisory Committee.
Angelica joined HHF Planners three years ago, a Fulbright Scholar with experience studying Japanese garden preservation practices in Kyoto, Japan; and expertise in designing outdoor play areas in Maori language immersion preschools (a part of her Master’s thesis), in New Zealand. She will be a presentor at the upcoming USGBC Green Schools Conference & Expo, also in Atlanta (March 21-22).
She has recently been featured in:
- Green Magazine Hawaii (Jan/Feb/Mar 2017), “Designing with Aloha“
- ASLA Hawaii Chapter blog, “IUCN 2016: A first for the U.S. and Our Keiki“
- ASLA Hawaii Chapter blog, “How to Engage Diversity in Design? Build a Network of Voices“
- A News Release of the American Society of Landscape Architects, “Celebrating Seven Leaders of Landscape Architecture During African American History Month.”
- The Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Hawaiiscape (magazine of the Landscape Industry Council of Hawai‘i) on Hawaii’s burgeoning landscape industry stars: “Young Professionals Redefine Success.”