Best Practices for Parks Rx

Park prescription programs are proliferating across the country. This workshop will help ensure park prescription programs are working efficiently and effectively within a framework of best practices. Topics to be covered include:

  • Marketing: How to raise awareness of park prescriptions with patients so they ask for it, and with providers so they know (how) to prescribe it
  • Retention: Communication and follow-up mechanisms for families to encourage repeat engagement in the outdoors
  • Data: Platforms for the prescription and tracking of data, and the sharing of that data back to agencies
  • Research: How research can move the Parks Rx movement forward

The session will include a panel representing a breadth of programs and organizations throughout the country.


  • Richard Christiana, PhD, Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Behavior, Appalachian State University


  • Angel Santos Burres, Director, Appalachian Mountain Club’s Outdoors Rx Program
  • Courtney Schultz, PhD, Research Associate, Parks Rx America; Executive Director, Health & Technology Partners, LLC
  • David Sabgir, MD, Founder and CEO, Walk With A Doc
  • Jason Urroz, Director, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks Program

Following the panel, the moderator and panelists will each lead a table for the World Café. Workshop participants will divide into small groups and work collectively on a specific question that has been assigned to the table. Each participant will have the opportunity to attend two different small groups. To conclude, the entire group will reconvene to share major takeaways, themes and opportunities to connect with other organizations. 


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