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    Nature and Health seeks to understand the connections between nature and human health and well-being. We work to translate that understanding into programs, practices, policies, and the design of healthcare, educational, and community settings that benefit all people and nature.

    • Who we are

      Scientists, practitioners, community members on a mission to define how time spent in nature improves health and well-being.

    • What we do

      We promote research, programs, and policies that align with our mission and vision. Through establishing partnerships with both the local Seattle community and across the US, we offer our expertise, guidance, and support to grow the current body of knowledge around this topic and contribute to the design of health-care, educational, and community settings that benefit all people. 

    • How we work

      We connect researchers with practitioners, policy makers, and other community members to encourage collaborative efforts that address the needs of our community.  We use Initiative funds to build pilot projects, establish networks and collaborations, and pursue project specific funding.

    News and Events

    As we heal ourselves, we heal the world. And vice versa.

    Topic: Reciprocal Healing Roundtable
    When: Oct 1, 2020 05:00 PM (Arizona)
    This distinguished panel will explore how nature heals, and how we can participate in helping heal the world.
    Panel members include Peter Kahn, Jr., Anna O’Malley, Laura Sewall, and Tom Fleischner.  

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    Stay in Touch

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    Want to get involved? Contact us at natureandhealth@uw.edu

    Nature & Health Conferences 2021

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    Nature & Health will host a virtual conference in April, and from October 12th-14th we will host a scientific meeting in Tacoma, Washington. We will explore the current understanding of the connections between nature and human health and well-being as well as highlight how that understanding can inform programs, practices, policies, and the design of healthcare, educational, and community settings that benefit all people and nature. We will convene researchers, professionals, and community leaders in the fields of health, conservation, design and planning, education, and other health and environmental fields. We will offer concurrent sessions, exhibits, and interactive workshops. Stay tuned for more information!