The 2019 SHIFT Festival is developing the business case for nature as medicine as a way to advance the economic and practical applications of nature as a social determinant of health.
Now, a number of the country’s leading researchers have come together to help direct the evidence focus for this year’s SHIFT.
Led by Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar, Director of The Envirome Insitute at the University of Louisville, and Dr. Terry Horton, Associate Professor of Research at Northwestern University, the “Evidence for Action” Steering Committee is helping SHIFT organizers build an event that is both pertinent to researchers and that showcases their contribution to the evidence base.
“Linking the evidence base to the ‘problem, solution, toolkit’ structure of the ‘Business Model’ agenda is key to the movement’s success,” said Dr. Horton.
As one of their first initiatives, the group has formed the Evidence for Action Poster Session Planning Committee (E4A) with Dr. Art Kramer, from Northeastern University, Kristen Walter from the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego and Dr. David Strayer from the University of Utah.
They are joined by Dr. Rachel Hopman from Northeastern University, Dr. Richard Christiana of Appalachian State University, and Nick Otis from the Naval Health Research Center.
E4A committee members will review abstracts for poster session, identify thematic topics and insure they reflect the themes developed around the overall goals of SHIFT.
“We want to showcase the people doing the “in-depth” research,” said Dr. Horton. “The poster sessions will provide more exposure for them and their work.”