Nature Contact & Human Health Incubator

Mission & Goals

People derive many psychological and physical health benefits from being in nature. The Center is supporting a forum that brings together researchers and practitioners from the medical, public health, design and planning, parks and recreation, and environmental fields from the academic, public, private, and NGO sectors, to assess evidence linking nature to human health, and explore the implications for policy and planning.

The goals of this project are to:

  • identify knowledge gaps and delineate important directions for future research
  • incubate and facilitate research projects
  • raise the profile and awareness of the strong links between health and the natural environment
  • highlight and share the latest research findings about the health benefits of natural spaces
  • identify challenges and needs in the fields of public health, planning, parks, and the environment; and
  • support and launch policies and programs that promote and enhance the health benefits of natural spaces, from urban greenspace to wilderness.

First meeting at the Ravenna Brewery

Participants

Stanley Asah UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Marc Berejka REI
Joshua Brandon Outdoor Consulting
Greg Bratman UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Sara Breslow UW Center for Creative Conservation
Sterling Clarren UW Department of Pediatrics
Bobby Cochran Willamette Partnership
Hannah Cohen-Cline UW School of Public Health
Monica Cuneo Portland State University, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Hannah Frenkel UW School of Public Health
Howie Frumkin UW School of Public Health
Danette Glassy BestStart Washington/Mercer Island Pediatrics/UW School of Medicine
Lisa Graumlich UW College of the Environment
Anne Guerry Natural Capital Project
Anjum Hajat UW School of Public Health
Marnie Hazlehurst UW School of Public Health
Jessie Israel The Nature Conservancy
Andrew Jay Tiny Trees Preschool
Janine Jones UW College of Education
Peter Kahn UW Department of Psychology, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Ben Klasky Islandwood
Josh Lawler UW Center for Creative Conservation, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Martin LeBlanc Islandwood
Mandy LeBlanc Group Health Cooperative
Phil Levin The Nature Conservancy, UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences,
Robert Liberty Portland State University, Urban Sustainability Accelerator, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Edna Maddalena BestStart Washington
Edgar Marcuse UW Department of Pediatrics
Yuta Masuda The Nature Conservancy
Corll Morrissey Islandwood
Julian Olden UW Center for Creative Conservation, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Danielle Purnell Seattle Public Utilities
Tom Reeve Trust for Public Land
Nancy Rottle UW Department of Landscape Architecture
Amir Sheikh USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station, UW Department of Urban Design and Planning, UW Bothell
Jon Snyder Outdoor Recreation and Economic Development
Pooja Tandon UW Center for Child Health, Behavior & Development, General Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s
Jessie Thoreson Western Washington University
Ann Vander Stoep UW School of Public Health
Usha Varanasi UW College of The Environment, Center for Urban Waters
Tom Vogl The Mountaineers
Sean Watts Seattle Parks Foundation
Saul Weisberg North Cascades Institute
Kathy Wolf UW School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Spencer Wood UW Center for Creative Conservation
Kyle Yasuda UW Department of Pediatrics, BestStart Washington

Conversation at the Ravenna Brewery

Many thanks to the REI Foundation for supporting the Nature and Health Working Group 

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