SHIFT’s Health & Nature Webinars Marks First Month

Since debuting on March 10, SHIFT’s Health and Nature Webinar Series, which is being sponsored by the National Park Service, has gotten off to a strong start.

Originally designed to bring together innovators, opinion-leaders and researchers at the forefront of the health-and-nature movement to help advance our understanding of the public health benefits of time spent outside, the series has been modified to explore nature and public health through the prism of COVID-19. 

The first webinar, with Dr. Michael Suk, looked at the Health and Nature movement overall. Fifty-eight registrants tuned in to watch. The video has since been viewed 170 times.

In response to the coronavirus, on March 18, a special episode, with doctors Suzanne Bartlett-Hackenmiller, Morgan Green and David Sabgir, looked at Nature and the COVID-19 Pandemic. More than 400 people registered to tune in; the resulting video has been seen more than 500 times.

On March 24, an episode with The Trust for Public Land’s Linda Hwang looked at The Role of Parks and Public Lands in Supporting Public Health.

This was followed, on April 7, by the fourth episode, Managing Parks and Recreation in a Covid-19 World. City Parks Alliance Executive Director Catherine Nagel, National Recreation and Park Association’s Kevin Roth, and the National Park Service’s Captain Sara Newman participated. More than 800 people registered to watch.

The resulting presentations are being shared on our Slack channel at shiftnaturehealth, our YouTube channel, and Figshare, a site for researchers.

Overall, the series aims to stimulate cross-sectoral learning, contribute to the transdisciplinary advancement of the field, and promote broader mainstream adoption of the health benefits of contact with the natural world.

Chapter 2, on Public Health, is currently underway.

On April 14, Sonya Jakubec and Jannell Rempell presented on Nature, Grief and COVID-19: Connecting people to parks in crisis, loss, and grief.

On April 21, Dr. Brooke Buckley, Dr. Rose Gowen, and Dr. Michael Tutty will discuss COVID-19 and Physician Burnout. Register Today!

Chapter 3, scheduled to commence in May, will focus on conservation—specifically, on public health as an ecosystem service.

This will be followed, later this summer, by Chapter 4, with a focus on Land Management.

Concluding the first season, Chapter 5 will discuss Outdoor Recreation, and the health benefits of time outside.

More information about the series may be found here.

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