Healthy Communities Through Recreation
Thursday, 10/1 from 12-4pm EST
Why is this topic essential to the future of the outdoor economy?
Healthcare spending continues to rapidly grow in the U.S., with expenditures at $3.6 trillion in 2018, or 17.7% of the US GDP. Meanwhile evidence continues to mount that access to outdoor recreation is essential for health of all kinds – physical, mental, and emotional – at both the individual and community level. Our outdoor economy and the outdoor infrastructure that it relies on are tied to the health and well-being of our communities.
By empowering outdoor recreation and public health leaders to work together, we can increase investments in outdoor infrastructure and grow equitable outdoor access to improve social determinants of health and boost our economy at the same time.
In this workshop, you’ll learn:
Working Group Members
Each one of our workshops has been developed and led by a working group of leading thinkers and doers in its specific field. Working group members for this track include:
Anupama Joshi: Blue Sky Funders Forum
Stacey Hughes: Dogwood Health Trust
Kimberly Williams: Equinox Environmental
Kimberly Price: Graduate Center at Lenior Rhyne University
Sandi Rice: Mountain BizWorks
Michelle Wells: NC Recreation & Parks Association
Sarah Thompson: Southwestern Commission
Andy Coburn: Western Carolina University
Jennifer Billstrom: Velo Girl Rides