Rupal Sanghvi is enthusiastic about fomenting possibilities for innovation in Public Health practice through close collaboration with the design professions. Given the high-level consensus on the health impact of our environments—from the factors that predict for our experience of our neighborhood or city, our behavior, and even our genetic structure/epigenetics—she believes working with the professions that shape our experience of our environments, at various scales, is critical to transforming population health and wellbeing. In 2009, Rupal founded HealthxDesign, identifying untapped opportunities that leverage design decision-making about the built environment as a public health intervention, necessarily addressing the predictors of health and its determinants (open space/public realm, urban forestry, school and community gardens, affordable/supportive housing, neighborhood features).
She is a Principal Investigator at the Public Health Institute, a Fellow at the Design Trust for Public Space, and Faculty at Parson’s New School for Design. Rupal has over fifteen years of experience in health promotion and disease prevention. She has partnered with community-based non-profit organizations/NGOs, and the public sector in infectious disease prevention, violence prevention, adolescent health promotion, and access to care for marginalized and geographically isolated groups. Rupal has been a consistent a reviewer for the American Public Health Conference and has worked with the World Health Organization, International Planned Parenthood, and the International Rescue Committee. She received the United States Secretary of Health’s Award for Innovations in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention after earning her Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan.