Activation: Nature Contact: A Dialogue Between Researchers and Practitioners on Emerging Best Practices

In 2017, Howard Frumkin et al proposed an influential research agenda on nature contact and health, identifying principal domains of research and key questions that, if answered, would provide the basis for evidence-based public health interventions.

The authors concluded that although significant evidence regarding nature contact and its range of human health benefits was already available, much remains unknown. They furthermore proposed that a robust research effort, guided by a focus on key unanswered questions, has the potential to yield high-impact, consequential public health insights.

This panel discussion and world café will explore progress to date on the 2017 research agenda, including gaps and how and with whom to fill them.

Moderator: Barton Robison, Co-Leader, Oregon Health and Outdoors Initiative (2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)


  • Eugenia South, MD, MSHP, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
  • Joshua Brandon, Research Program Manager, University of Washington
  • Rachel Hopman, Postdoctoral Fellow, Northeastern University (2018 Emerging Leader)
  • Kristen H. Walter, Ph.D., Clinical and Research Psychologist, Naval Health Research Center (2018 SHIFT Awards Official Selection)

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