The Northwest Nature & Health Symposium

“The launchpad for a global movement”*

The Northwest Nature & Health Symposium took place October 26, 2017, at the Center for Urban Horticulture, University of Washington, Seattle

At the intersection of contemporary thinking in healthcare, education, planning, and conservation is a growing recognition that human well-being is interdependent with the natural world: in addition to food, medicine and materials, our mental, physical, social and spiritual health improves by spending time in the calming wonder of natural places. This one-day symposium brought together professionals and community leaders to explore common goals and collective strategies related to the human health benefits of being in nature, from gardens to wild lands. We learned about the latest innovations in research, policy, and practice; discussed common challenges; and identified shared opportunities to collectively, and equitably, expand the potential of nature to improve our health.

Podcasts from the event coming soon.

  

“Everyone was blown away by what was presented and also the intersecting lines of the various people & institutions – a tapestry!”

  

“It was incredibly inspiring to spend the day with so many people working on nature & health!”

  

PROGRAM

Click on presentation titles for audio podcasts and powerpoint slides (where available) – COMING SOON!

INTRODUCTION

Martin LeBlanc | Children and Nature Network

THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF NATURE: WHAT WE KNOW & HOW WE KNOW IT   

Greg Bratman | UW Environmental & Forest Sciences

Jamie Donatuto & Larry Campbell | Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Nalini Nadkarni | University of Utah

CONNECTING PEOPLE TO NATURE: STORIES OF INNOVATION

April Claxton | Recreation Northwest

Emily Henke | Oregon Health & Outdoor Initiative

Andrew Jay | Tiny Trees Preschool

Ed Marcuse | BestStart Washington

Cary Simmons | Trust for Public Land

Leticia Valle | LatinXplorers

Daniel Winterbottom | UW Landscape Architecture

PANEL: THE HEALTH & NATURE POLICY LANDSCAPE

Jesús Aguirre | Seattle Parks and Recreation

Sally Jewell | Former U.S. Secretary of Interior & former CEO, REI

Terry Williams | Tulalip Tribes, Northwest Straits Commission

Philip Wu | Kaiser Permanente, Northwest Health Foundation

Ashley Ahearn (moderator) | KUOW

ADVANCING HEALTH & NATURE IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Hosted by Urban@UW

PANEL: ORGANIZING ACROSS COMMUNITIES: STRATEGIES & POSSIBILITIES      

Liz Baxter | North Sound Accountable Communities of Health

Bobby Cochran | Willamette Partnership

Lisa Graumlich | UW College of the Environment

Paulina Lopez | Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition

NATURE WALKS

Bird Walk | led by Constance Sidles, Seattle Audubon

Ethnobotany Walk | led by Joyce LeCompte, UW Program on the Environment

Health Metrics Walk | led by Amber Fyfe-Johnson, UW Medicine

Parkscription Walk | led by April Claxton, Recreation Northwest

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Sally Jewell | Former U.S. Secretary of Interior & former CEO, REI

  

“Every event like this is important for what lies ahead. We all have our place in setting the agenda for the future.”

  

“I’m excited to keep the momentum going.”

*Attendees’ feedback, from: Tierney Thys, National Geographic and California Academy of Sciences; Nalini Nadkarni, University of Utah; April Claxton, Recreation Northwest; Terry Williams, Tulalip Tribes; Bobby Cochran, Willamette Partnership.

Photos by Tatoosh Media

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