Join us for this year’s PLUS²:

Healing the City


In cities like Los Angeles, health disparities are continuing to grow at a rapid rate. We understand that “health” in urban areas goes beyond fighting illnesses and preventing diseases.

The quality of life of residents in marginalized communities, especially, is affected by factors like income and racial inequality, and the physical and built environment. These among other obstacles impact the way we live, where we live, and our ability to access the tools we need to sustain a dignified quality of life.

At PLUS2 this year, we’re interested in examining the intersection of health, economics, and the city. Beyond clinical health, what are some of the barriers preventing residents in urban areas from being healthy? And how can we think differently about who gets the opportunity to heal and live healthy lives.

The full-day summit will consist of short talks and panels from invited leaders and influencers, followed by a thoughtful discussion with our guests; that means you!

We invite you to join us for the whole day, or just for the sessions that interest you the most. We’ll break for lunch and will end the day with a hosted cocktail hour on site.

Hope to see you there!



PLUS² is an open-format summit, where guests can join us for the whole day, or come for select sessions:

8:00 am – Registration

9:00 am  – Welcome & Morning Sessions

  • 9:15am – Who Gets to Heal
    Chani Nicholas, Astrologer & Writer
  • 9:55am – The Equity of Fresh Air and Planning
    Bill Roschen, Roschen Van Cleve Architects
    Regina Freer, Politics Department at Occidental College
    Dr. Anthony Moretti MD, Pediatrics at White Memorial Hospital
  • 10:45am – Homes for Hope: Housing the Homeless in the Face of NIMBYism
    Sofia Borges, MADWORKSHOP & USC School of Architecture
  • 11:25am – Local Resistance: How Our Neighborhoods are Setting the National Agenda for Environmental Equity
    Auro Vasquez, Center for Popular Democracy
    Jorge Madrid, Environmental Defense Fund
    Yesenia Fernandez, East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice (EYCEJ) & Professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills

12:15 pm –  Lunch

Afternoon Sessions

  • 1:20pm – Moving Towards Health Equity: Perspectives from Philanthropic Leaders
    Manal Aboelata, Prevention Institute
    Beatriz Maria Solis, The California Endowment
    Jennie Carreon, AltaMed
  • 2:05pm – Mobility in Mexico City: Bikes, People, Policy, and Politics
    Dhyana Quintanar Solares, Nexity
  • 2:45pm – Landscape Urbanism as a Vehicle for Engagement & Change in the Public Realm
    Mia Lehrer, Mia Lehrer + Associates
  • 3:25pm – Capitalism Makes Us Sick
    Niki Okuk, Rco² Material Reuse

4:00 pm – Cocktail Hour



Location & Time

Lot 613


Friday, June 9th, 2017

@ 9 AM – 6 PM


613 Imperial Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021



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