The Clinton Foundation's Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) visited Wyandotte County this week as part of their efforts to improve public health outcomes in communities across the country. As part of the tour, Dotte Agency played host to CHMI at their community storefront design hub of KU School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Dotte Agency's mission is to connect communities and tackle problems, focusing on promoting access to healthy food and active living through design in order to alleviate health disparities for the underserved in Wyandotte County. Dotte Agency was formed over a year ago by associate professors, Shannon Criss and Nils Gore, and doctoral student, Matt Kleinmann.
Working out of space donated by the Community Housing of Wyandotte County (611 N. 6th Street, Kansas City, KS), Dotte Agency takes a collaborative and cross-disciplinary approach to connect community health advocates with KU faculty and students. Through funded research and sponsored teaching, Dotte Agency seeks to empower the community by mapping resources, prototyping installations, and envisioning designs for a healthier Wyandotte County. The Mobile Collaboratory, an airstream trailer that has been modified to hold events and engage communities, was used at this event, also. See http://kumocolab.org/ for more details. Please contact Shannon, Nils or Matt if you'd like to learn more.