The SHIFT Summit

Set at the forefront of The 2019 SHIFT Festival is The SHIFT Summit, an in-depth exploration of the economic and practical implications of nature as a social determinant of health.

The SHIFT Summit will be held at the Center for the Arts on Oct. 16 and the Snow King Resort Hotel October 17-18.

  • Tickets for the SHIFT Summit may be purchased here.
  • Discounted lodging is available here.
  • A full schedule of events for The 2019 SHIFT Festival may be found here.

The Summit includes keynotes, panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities built around The 2019 Festival’s main theme.

The Summit is informed by the Center for Disease Control’s determinants of population health.

The 2019 SHIFT Festival will feature two tracks to help advance nature as a social determinant of health.

  • The Business Case: How nature as a social determinant of health makes economic sense to insurers, policy makers, elected officials and the military
  • Implementation: How public health as an ecosystem service is being put into practice by communities, Parks Rx programs and nature-rich interventions around the country

Both tracks will be developed around two elements integral to our goal of facilitating networking and the showcasing of best practices:

  • Official Selections for The SHIFT Awards, which feature representatives of the work determined to be the most innovative, impactful and replicable in the space by our researchers
  • The Emerging Leaders Program, which prepares exemplary early career leaders in the field to help facilitate the Festival proceedings.

The growing disconnect from nature not only adds billions of dollars to health care costs; it simultaneously undermines the value of nature and our public lands in society at large. At a time when the average American child spends seven hours per day in front of screens and seven minutes in unstructured play outside, and diseases such as obesity, diabetes and mental anxiety are chronic, this year’s Summit makes the critical connection between outdoor recreation and public health.

For more information on the 2019 program, click here.



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