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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Thursday, April 20 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Changing the Paradigm: Connecting the Health and Environmental Sectors to Help our Children Thrive FILLING
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Connecting children, families, and communities to nature is one of the most important ways we can improve the health and well-being of children and youth. This session will outline the broad principles of childhood growth and development that make connection to nature so important. It will also explore the reality that exists when such a key health determinant falls outside the direct influence of traditional health care systems. In these cases, it becomes important not only to innovate within the health care world, but to find ways to collaborate across sectors to amplify the success of other groups and organizations working to connect children with nature. Leaders from the Intertwine Alliance will describe how they’ve turned these ideas into two on-the-ground, regionally-scaled projects: one focusing on the greening of schoolyards; the other on prescription play. Both use the power of the network and their strategic positioning as a backbone organization. In addition, attendees will explore barriers and opportunities to building these collaborations in their regions through interactive conversations.

Speakers
avatar for David Cohen

David Cohen

Program Manager, The Intertwine Alliance
The Intertwine Alliance, focusing on better integrating nature into the urban sphere is a backbone organization supporting the work of our 152 cross-sector partners. We do this by developing a range of platforms and convenings with the goal of nurturing and catalyzing collaborati... Read More →
avatar for Heather Davis

Heather Davis

Pediatrician / Public Health Professional
Heather Davis is a general pediatrician and public health professional with a background in community recreation. This has led to a broad view of child development and the ways that we must work together to make it easier for children to grow up healthy. Specific interests includ... Read More →
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Philip Wu

Physician, Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region
Philip is a pediatrician and member of the Community Benefit team at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. After retiring from a 33-year clinical practice, he now works to promote healthy, equitable communities utilizing the framework of the “social determinants of health.” As a fo... Read More →


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Mackenzie (Ground Floor)