Urban Nature as a Health Resource

Urban Nature as a Health Resource

Evidence to Action

February 5 - 6, 2015

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About the Conference

Urbanization and climate change, combined with the need to improve health, enhance healthcare and reduce costs, are leading both environmental and health organizations toward more preventive and community-based measures. Many are now working to expand the connections between increased access to natural areas and health.

The Hixon Center for Urban Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, in partnership with the Yale School of Public Health, is convening this conference to: (a) share cutting edge research on the connections between nature and health; and (b) learn from innovative programs designed to increase time in nature as a pathway to improved health. The time is now for a multi-sector partnership to bring evidence to action to leverage natural resources and improve health.

Schedule of Events

4:00pm to 4:15pm

Welcome

Sir Peter Crane, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

4:15pm to 5:00pm

Keynote Address

William Bird, M.D., Intelligent Health

5:00pm to 6:00pm

Reception

8:00am to 8:30am

Coffee and registration

8:30am to 8:45am

Opening remarks

Paul Cleary, Yale School of Public Health

8:45am to 10:15am

Panel: Climate Change and Human Health

Dr. Jason Vargo, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Michelle Bell, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, School of Public Health

Dr. Kristie Ebi, Department of Global Health, University of Washington

Moderator

Dr. Xuhui Lee, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Reflector

Brad Gentry, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

10:30am to 12:00pm

Panel: Environmental & Social Determinants Of Health

Dr. Jeannette Ickovics, Yale School of Public Health

Robert Garcia, The City Project

Dr. Ming Kuo, University of Illinois-Urbana

Moderator

Dr. Albert Ko, Yale School of Public Health

Reflector

Dr. Erika Svendsen, U.S. Forest Service, NYC Urban Field Station

1:00pm to 2:30pm

Panel: Multi-level Solutions for Health

Dr. Gary Machlis, National Park Service

Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro

Catherine Nagel, City Parks Alliance

Moderator

Dr. John Wargo, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Reflector

Dr. Mary Northridge, New York University College of Dentistry

2:30pm to 3:00pm

Closing Dialogue

3:00pm to 3:30pm

Closing Coffee Reception