Dr. Morgan Green Named Director of The Emerging Leaders Program

Dr. Morgan Green

The Center for Jackson Hole is pleased to introduce Dr. Morgan Green as Director of the Emerging Leaders Program.

Dr. Green will complete his pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland before moving to Michigan to initiate a career as a Pediatric Hospitalist later this year.

In addition to treating the children of Alameda county, Dr. Green was a member of the UCSF PLUS program which trains pediatric leaders to better recognize and address disparities to advance health equity. He also received recognition as a New Century Scholar, a competitive award that recognizes under-represented minorities in pediatrics who are committed to a career in medical education.

One of the highlights of Dr. Green’s residency was his mentorship from Dr. Nooshin Razani, a UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland pediatrician and founder of the Center for Nature and Health. Through her innovative SHINE (Staying Healthy in Nature Everyday) program, she has helped to address disparities in access to public lands as it relates to socioeconomic status and the gentrification of the Bay Area. Dr. Razani was instrumental in forming partnerships with regional and city parks systems, developing relationships with community-based organizations in the SF East Bay, and developing many other bridges with stakeholders to highlight the importance of time outdoors on childrens’ health and well-being.

“Dr. Green has been instrumental in increasing the quality and scope of our program,” said Dr. Razani. “He has made the families we serve feel welcome and included in parks. He has also helped doctors and doctors in training know that natural settings can be healing for them in their daily lives. We are excited for his leadership in the outdoors community.”

What has been so artfully taught by Dr. Razani, and absorbed into the framework through which Dr. Green engages with the outdoor community, is that health is not just living longer and free of disease. Health encompasses emotional healing from traumatic experiences. Health is giving space for families and children to heal and thrive despite systems of oppression that create disparities in access. It is also recognizing that the health care and outdoor recreation communities can collaborate to produce a greater positive impact in society than either can hope to do alone.

“Dr. Green distinguished himself with emotional maturity and intelligence during last year’s ELP,” said Christian Beckwith, Director of The Center for Jackson Hole. “He is well positioned to become a leader who can reach across multiple divides to create a stronger coalition behind his vision.”

“The Emerging Leaders Program was an important opportunity for me,” noted Dr. Green. “In my line of work, it’s not that often I get to collaborate with such talented, successful and passionate people outside of healthcare. As the Director of ELP, I hope to be a driving force for establishing a greater sense of community and in developing tools to help us work across differences.”

“The Center for Jackson Hole feels incredibly lucky to have Dr. Morgan Green leading the charge for ELP,” said Alfonso Orozco, outgoing Chair of The Center for Jackson Hole Board. “His passion, empathy and wisdom will help us create a more inclusive and powerful vision for the program, for SHIFT and for our future.”

The Center for Jackson Hole is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to use outdoor recreation to strengthen the coalition of interests dedicated to the protection of the natural world.

The organization achieves its mission via two main programs: SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest ForTomorrow), an annual festival, held each autumn in Jackson Hole, that explores issues at the intersection of outdoor recreation, conservation, public health and cultural relevancy; and The Emerging Leaders Program, which trains a culturally diverse group of young outdoor recreationists to help lead work at SHIFT and in America.

“We look forward to working with Dr. Green to bridge the gap between outdoor recreation and public health,” said Beckwith.

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