Evidence supporting parks and green spaces as a health resource continues to grow, as does the medical practice of doctors prescribing time outdoors as a way to address chronic disease.
At the same time, insurance companies are embracing new models of preventative care, including “upstream” approaches that focus on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors.
On Tuesday, October 16, from 8 a.m.—12 p.m. at the Snow King Resort Hotel, an invite-only think tank with some of the country’s leading experts will identify opportunities for mainstreaming “Nature Rx” as an integral element of national healthcare delivery systems.
The think tank is being led by Dr. Michael Suk, the System Wide Chairman of the Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute and one of the country’s earliest and most ardent proponents of the connection between public health and public lands.
Participants include Diana Allen, Chief of Health Promotion with the National Park Service’s Healthy Parks Healthy People; Dr. Garth Graham, President of the Aetna Foundation; Brenda Schmidt, Founder and CEO of Solera Health; and Dr. John Whyte, Chief Medical Officer of WebMD.
Topics to be explored include:
A breakfast discussion will be followed by a workshop in which participants break into small teams to develop the opportunities identified during the panel.
The think tank will conclude with report-outs on key findings, as well as the articulation of action steps that can be taken by interested participants to advance the effort.