The Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University, with the School of Public Health – Bloomington and the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, is pleased to announce the Symposium on Parks, Public Lands, and Public Health in Indiana. The symposium will be held on Indiana University’s Bloomington campus in the Memorial Union.
Healthy Parks Healthy People is a worldwide campaign that has reached numerous national and international organizations and has started to gain traction on the state level. This symposium is a research-focused event bringing together professionals in the public health, parks, and public lands fields. Attendees will learn about and discuss research with national, state, and community leaders. At the end of the symposium, the day’s action items will help direct future research trends for parks, public lands, and public health. Indiana has a great opportunity to continue advancing the Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative; collaborative efforts, with an understanding of research and trends, will guide our state on this journey.
The goals for the symposium are:
- Build a clearer vision of the role of the parks and recreation profession in public health
- Identify research interests and possible projects to increase grant-funded research through the Indiana University Bloomington – School of Public Health (IUB-SPH)
- Link parks, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), State Public Health, SPH, the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies (RPTS), and Eppley in research and planning
- Raise the profile of public health issues in local government
- Develop action plans and programs that can be considered for implementation in the next two to three years
- Further awareness of the importance of parks and public lands to promote health and quality of life
National speakers will headline the day’s events. Dr. Louise Chawla (University of Colorado – Boulder), Dr. Andrew Kaczynski (University of South Carolina), and Diana Allen (National Park Service Office of Public Health) will present.
All individuals affiliated with and interested in public health, public lands, and parks are encouraged to register. Please visit www.eppley.org/symposium for event details and registration information.
A hotel block has been reserved for symposium attendees planning to arrive the night before. Please contact the IMU Biddle Hotel at (800) 209-8145 and mention “Public Health Symposium” to make lodging reservations.
For more information on the Symposium on Parks, Public Lands, and Public Health in Indiana, contact Austin Hochstetler at (812) 856-2262 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1993 by Indiana University’s Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, the Eppley Institute partners with recreation, park, and public land organizations to enhance access, choice, and quality of natural, cultural, and recreational experiences.