Access for All

Advancing nature as a social determinant of health represents one of the most important opportunities of our lifetimes: by highlighting the health benefits of outdoor recreation, we can strengthen the argument for nature’s protection in a time of unprecedented threat.

Research shows that under-resourced communities suffer the greatest health disparities. Those same communities typically have the least amount of access to green space—which necessitates disproportionate investments of resources to ensure access to nature is equitable and inclusive.

This workshop will explore structural and institutional barriers to access and highlight initiatives and strategies for their successful navigation.

Moderator: Ken Leinbach, Executive Director, Urban Ecology Center (2019 SHIFT Award Official Selection)


  • Atiya Wells, Founder, Backyard Basecamp; Executive Director, BLISS Meadows
  • Felipe Benitez, Executive Director, Corazón Latino (2019 SHIFT Award Official Selection)
  • Mac Hall, Executive Director, National Indian Youth Leadership Project (2019 SHIFT Award Official Selection)
  • Albi Sole, Executive Director, Outdoor Council of Canada (2019 SHIFT Award Official Selection)

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