Design for Social Prescribing: Bridging Silos for Health Promotion

An Invite-Only Event

Hosted by the D-Lab in Collaboration with




Location: Boston, MA

Thursday, October 27: 1 – 5:30 PM
Friday, October 28: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

In this first-of-its-kind convening, 20 diverse leaders across sectors including healthcare, arts and culture, volunteerism, public health, government, community development, nature conservation, technology, and academia will gather to explore how design methods and frameworks can help accelerate and expand the social prescribing movement in the US.

Social prescription is a means for healthcare workers to connect patients to a range of nonclinical services in their community to improve health and well-being. This may include volunteering, arts, culture, and nature-based activities. Social prescribing systems have been implemented in a number of other countries, including the UK, Japan, Australia, Singapore, and Canada, and numerous social prescribing pilots are underway in the United States.

Design knowledge evolved to help organizations overcome complex problems. In recent years, government, business, and NGOs across industries adopted design when traditional processes invented in the twentieth century became insufficient to cope with the ambiguity and volatility of twenty-first-century issues, similar to those underpinning social prescribing.

Together we will explore potential approaches for social prescribing in the US and lead the way to promote more equitable health outcomes.

To learn more about Social Prescribing, please explore the following resources: