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OrganizationUS Forest Service, Salmon Valley Stewardship, and More Than Just Parks
InitiativeYour Forests Your Future
LocationSalmon, ID

Description

Your Forests Your Future is a national campaign run by a unique partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, the nonprofit organization Salmon Valley Stewardship, and the media company More Than Just Parks to get people involved in shaping the future of their public lands. Your Forests Your Future invites people to celebrate, explore, and steward all 193 million acres of their National Forests, and beyond.

Your Forests, Your Future connects people with their public lands and empower them to get involved in the future of how these landscapes are managed. We breakdown barriers to engagement by demystifying wonky terms and beaurocratic processes in ways that people can understand and actually inspires participation. Your Forests Your Future not only increases the relevancy of public lands but also encourages a more inclusive and diverse audience to be a part of these conversations.

They utilize a diverse array of communication tools to address this challenge. These include films, virtual reality, animated infographics, and the popular Out.LAND.ish podcast. These tools reconnect people with their public lands and empower people to get involved in how they are managed.

OrganizationTennessee State Parks
InitiativeHappy Parks Healthy Person
LocationChapel Hill, TN
Founded2016
LeadershipRyan Jenkins, Park Manager/Henry Horton State Park
Greg Wiley, User Experience Developer
ContactRyan Jenkins, ryan.jenkins@tn.gov  

Initiative Overview

The Healthy Parks Healthy Person TN app was created as a way to get more people outdoors and improving their health by incentivizing their efforts. Tennessee ranks among the lowest five healthy states in the country in physical and mental health statistics. Tennessee is also filled with an abundance of free public natural resources available to its citizens. This resource of nature has been proven to have a positive effect on health. As the evidence for lifestyle based treatment grows in the medical community, the need to get more people into nature remains. App users earn points and rewards for getting outside into any park in Tennessee; National, State, County, or City.  Healthcare providers are also writing park prescriptions for the program.

Impact

The Healthy Parks Healthy Person TN app was created in 2016 with a goal of 600 users in the first year. Since then 3000 users have signed up for the program with an average weekly use of 900 activities logged. Now the program is being shared by National, State, County, and City parks as well as in healthcare facilities, private businesses, and communities throughout the entire state. The vision of Healthy Parks Healthy Person TN is to create positive change in Tennessee’s health outcomes while at the same time creating new stewards of Tennessee’s natural spaces.

Impact by the numbers

  • 3,000 users
  • 127,688 activities logged in a park
  • Over 90 communities are sharing the program within their parks, private businesses, and government operations
  • Every Health Department in TN is mandated to participate in the Park Prescriptions program
  • 11 private hospital groups are sharing the program

Innovation

Healthy Parks Healthy Person TN brings together the many aspects that drive a person towards spending time in nature.  Healthcare providers write park prescriptions referring patients to the outdoors.  The app provides a technology connection and gamifies the experience by giving points.  The participant earns rewards with those points as an incentive to continue the action.

Replicability

One of the visions for Healthy Parks Healthy Person TN is to create a framework that can be replicated in any fashion imagined.  Soon any state or healthcare provider that wishes may be able to utilize the app by simply inserting their logo and getting more people outdoors.

Biggest Challenge to Advancing This Work

Currently the Healthy Parks Healthy Person app is the original proof of concept that has outlived its test phase.  This has become a challenge when it appears to be operating fully but is not providing the back end data we need to grow the program with healthcare providers and potential funding sources.

OrganizationPark RX America
InitiativePark Prescription Formulary
LocationWashington, D.C.
Founded2017
LeadershipRobert Zarr, MD, Founder & Medical Director
John Henderson, Executive Director
Matthew Scribner, Chief Technology Officer
ContactDr. Robert Zarr, DocZarr@parkrxamerica.org

Initiative Overview

Americans are suffering and dying prematurely because of chronic disease that in turn results from poor diet, inactivity, and chronic stress. Despite 300 scientific studies linking improved health outcomes to time in Nature, most doctors are unaware of the relevance and accessibility of the park prescription. Doctors can and should prescribe parks. Brief interventions by doctors change patients’ behavior. Parks Rx American (“PRA”) has developed the first scalable doctor-friendly park prescription intervention by developing a unique digital platform for doctors to FIND green space, PRESCRIBE activity outside, and DOCUMENT the park prescription in any electronic health record.

Impact

PRA improves a community’s health by educating and equipping doctors with the tools to reconnect patients to Nature and renormalize being outdoors. Access to green space is a social determinant of health. Unequal access to green space is a social injustice. PRA plays a vital role in leveling the playing field among communities by reconnecting all persons to their accessible green space, regardless of a person’s color or income.

Impact by the numbers

  • Number of prescribers: 105
  • Prescriptions issued: 707
  • Prescriptions filled: 20%
  • Total park visits recorded: 323 
  • Parks in database: 4,200
  • States represented: 23

Innovation

Patients are more likely to go outside when their doctor actually prescribes it. PRA has developed a unique electronic interface that allows the doctor and patient to agree on which park to visit, but on the patient’s terms. This allows the doctor, real-time, to amplify the patient’s health promoting behavior.

Replicability

PRA has a proven record of expanding in geographically and demographically diverse areas, both rural and urban. We partner with local, regional, state, and federal land management agencies and all sizes of health provider organizations.

Biggest Challenge to Advancing This Work

The biggest obstacle is changing culture–societal norms of sedentary behavior, reliance on fast food, over-scheduling and checklists, and medicine’s myopic focus on medical technology. PRA is well-positioned to effect a paradigm shift in the way doctors understand and treat chronic disease and create healthier communities.

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