PSYCHOLOGICAL RESILIENCY: Distributing Nature’s Therapeutic Effects Equitably in the Midst of the Pandemic

With the surge in use of our public lands and waters at record levels, we have an unprecedented opportunity to capitalize on a societal trend that has long term implications. This workshop looks at ways we can institutionalize nature’s healing effects to help address trauma, particularly among vulnerable communities, amid the convergence of multiple crises.


9-9:50 am: Panel Discussion

9:50-10:00: Break

10-10:28: Breakout/World Cafe Round 1

10:30-11:00: Breakout/World Cafe Round 2

11:00-11:05: Transition Time

11:05-11:55: Roundup / Next Steps (plenary)

11:55 am – 12 pm: Thank You / Adjourn

To begin the workshop, a panel discussion will explore the ways participants’ work is connecting people to nature’s healing effects, and how they ensure that those connections are available to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic, racial, or geographic considerations?  

Moderator: Andrea Foster, Director of Programs and Partnerships, The Little Forks Conservancy in Midland, MI (2020 Emerging Leader)


  • Ken Rose, Senior Advisor, Center for Disease Control’s DNPAO’s Physical Activity and Health Branch 
  • Mia Keeys, Director of Health Equity Policy and Advocacy, American Medical Association (2020 Emerging Leader)
  • Antoine Carter, Director of Community Partnerships, Imagine MKE

Following the panel discussion, participants and panelists will be placed in breakout rooms in smaller groups to continue discussing the topic using a World Cafe format.

Two 30-minute rounds of world cafe-style breakouts will be followed by a thirty-minute “roundup” that reports out on the findings of each breakout room.

The final thirty minutes of the workshop will synthesize the proceedings into next steps.

NOTE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS: Both the Panel Discussion and the Roundup / Next Steps will be recorded for later distribution. If you do not wish to be recorded, you are kindly asked not to participate in these elements of the workshop.

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