On RFD-TV: Lloyd Shenefelt
With substance abuse a growing problem in rural America, students in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Architecture are partnering with small communities, envisioning how architecture and planning can positively contribute to this issue.
Assistant Professor of Architecture Lloyd "Bud" Shenefelt talked live on RFD-TV, Nov. 8, 2020, about the ongoing project in Alliance, Nebraska that includes a focus on recreation and a new treatment center.
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[00:00:00.330]Well, thanks for watching Market Day Report.
[00:00:02.310]Good morning. I'm Suzanne Alexander. Well, the UNL College of Architecture is
[00:00:07.380]working to address substance abuse in rural America.
[00:00:10.230]Students are currently partnering with a small community to focus on recreation
[00:00:13.860]and a new treatment center.
[00:00:15.450]Professor of Architecture Lloyd Shenefelt joins us now for a further look on
[00:00:20.220]Lloyd, thank you so much for being here.
[00:00:21.720]So, you know, mental health substance abuse is ongoing epidemic in rural America
[00:00:27.000]a big reason for starting this healthcare design facility.
[00:00:30.180]Tell us a little bit about it and how it came to be and where you stand.
[00:00:35.160]Yeah, sounds great.
[00:00:35.970]Thank you for having me this morning.
[00:00:37.710]So yes, my research centers around rural health.
[00:00:40.620]For the last year, my seminar course, and undergraduate research, along with my
[00:00:45.840]work with rural prosperity, Nebraska have focused on the community of Alliance,
[00:00:50.280]Nebraska, and helping them explore possible solutions for substance use disorder
[00:00:56.310]and the role of recreation in recovery.
[00:00:59.250]As part of the coursework in this last semester, my health design seminar
[00:01:04.200]students conducted place based research and made recommendations for a proposed
[00:01:09.210]substance use disorder facility.
[00:01:11.790]This research was further continued through the summer with two of my students
[00:01:15.810]participating in a rural fellowship, where they lived in the community for the
[00:01:20.040]summer, and then researched possible recreational recreational opportunities
[00:01:26.850]And this spring students will work on facility programming and detailing the
[00:01:32.310]amenities required for successful treatment program.
[00:01:36.120]Just amazing, you know, I think you find students, Lloyd, and also the community
[00:01:41.370]that they inspire each other and that this project that you're kind of a part
[00:01:45.810]of, is really bringing awareness to this issue.
[00:01:48.480]And talk about why now, why it's good timing for this project.
[00:01:54.030]Yes, so I mean, unfortunately, right now, across the nation, and region, and
[00:01:58.500]even in our rural communities, substance abuse has skyrocketed.
[00:02:02.940]COVID probably plays a role in that.
[00:02:05.790]This issue is compounded by rural communities, because they often lack the
[00:02:10.320]resources that their urban counterparts have.
[00:02:15.090]And community leaders and health care providers are seeing this increase in
[00:02:19.200]need, with no facility available to offer residents, treatment or services.
[00:02:24.870]This is about providing a holistic approach to the problem with a multifaceted
[00:02:31.290]Essentially, our rural partners will get improved environments that help tackle
[00:02:36.660]health issues relevant to their communities, and ultimately, improving the
[00:02:40.890]quality of life of their residents.
[00:02:43.410]You know, obviously such a passion, right?
[00:02:45.270]There's so many multilayers to help people in the community to address an
[00:02:49.500]ongoing issue that needs to be tackled, but also speak to how this actually
[00:02:54.630]helps and advances the practice of architecture.
[00:02:59.100]Yeah, so I'm really lucky.
[00:03:01.050]So I get to get on both sides of this, like really helping people but also
[00:03:05.010]helping students to become amazing designers.
[00:03:10.920]As designers, we are problem solvers. We're change agents.
[00:03:14.700]This is about improving the built environment and providing communities with
[00:03:19.890]The project aims at getting knowledge and provide our students an advance into
[00:03:28.620]And then obviously, partnerships like these are a win win.
[00:03:32.280]This is a chance for students to get real world experience, researching is
[00:03:36.840]issues associated with rural health and how it affects the health and future of
[00:03:42.810]And our partners get access to resources that wouldn't otherwise have been
[00:03:46.650]available to them, working towards real solutions that they can use to improve
[00:03:51.630]the health of their community.
[00:03:52.000]It's so amazing. And I so look forward to talking with you again
[00:03:57.490]when you guys, you know further along in the process of this, I just think it's
[00:04:01.930]Thank you so much for your time. UNL, Assistant Professor of Architecture.
[00:04:05.890]That's Lloyd Shenefelt. Thank you again for joining us.
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