ALEF VI Prelude / September 2018 

OutdoorsRX Promotores Verdes

Forging an Intersectional Coalition of Health and Nature Workers

 

 

Imagine a Colorado--and a nation- where instead of people spending 90% of their time inside buildings the people turn to nature to reduce their stress and improve their well-being. A movement led by the people that celebrate our humanity and health through community-driven, synergistic environmental and health education programs that reconnect ourselves and our families with mother earth. 

A lunch and learn responsive panels summit and keynote with Luis Benitez, Director of the Colorado Office of Outdoors Recreation Industry to disseminate Colorado's Forest Bathing study --as well as both OutdoorsRx and NatureRX frameworks-- and elevate Latino leadership in the outdoors and conservation movement through our AFC+A's Promotores Verdes program. Since its inception in the Denver Metro area in early 2017 Promotores Verdes has graduated thirty-eight families (another forty to graduate in December 2018) and engaged hundreds of family members through a groundbreaking curriculum powering champions of the health benefits of nature and the protections required to safeguard our mutual health. Now in the platform of its sister program, the annual Americas Latino Eco Festival, its mother organizations AFC+A and CREAResults are intent on building a regional, national, and intersectional coalition of Health and Nature Partner Connections. With US Forest Service; Corazon Latino; Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office and CREA Results. (HOPE: Engage and advance intersectional work surrounding avenues for health and nature collaborations to support public health, diversity and inclusion, youth engagement, environmental stewardship, and public policy)

 


12:00 - 12:40pm

Registration & Lunch service (buffet style)

Masters of Ceremony: Felipe Benitez, Corazon Latino | Fernando Pineda, CREA Results 

12:45pm                 

Welcome Remarks:  Irene Vilar, AFC+A Founder & Director

12:55pm                

Keynote: Luis Benitez, Colorado Office of Outdoors Recreation (OREC), Director

 

Special Remarks:

1:15pm

Nature & Health Municipal Strategies

Mayor Chistine Berg, Lafayette, Colorado-Eco Madres Co Founder, Moms Clean Air Force 

1:25pm

Intersectional Collaboration for System Change Janette Heung, Founder, Colorado Outdoor and Health Collaborative (now hosted by LiveWell Colorado); Principal, JWG Global

1:35pm                     

Clinical Leadership Paving the Way for OutdoorsRx Dr. Rachel Keith, University of Louisville, Colorado Forest Bathing Study Design and Greenhearts Lead Researcher

 

RESPONSIVE PANELS

1:35-2:20pm                  

Moderator: Luis Benitez, Colorado Office of Outdoors Recreation (OREC), Director

 

Grasstops Panel:

  • Dr. Celia Aredilla Garcia, El Centro de Investigación Aplicada en Ambiente y Salud, Universidad San Luis Potosi 

  • Janette Heung, Founder, Colorado Outdoor and Health Collaborative (now hosted by LiveWell Colorado); Principal, JWG Global 

  • Dr. Rachel Keith, University of Louisville, Colorado Forest Bathing Study Design and Greenhearts Lead Researcher

  • Robert Zarr, MD, ParksRX, MPH, Founder & Medical Director, Pediatrician, Unity Health Care, Inc. (Virtual)

 

Grassroots Panel:​

  • Fernado Pineda, CREAResults, Founder/CEO 

  • Susana Arreola Ponce, Promotora Verde, CREA Results Program Manager

  • Margarita Teran Garcia, Abriendo Caminos , University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne

  • Megan PattersonWorldmind Nature Immersion School, Founder/Director 

Q&A

2:20-2:50pm

           

Promotores Verdes Testimonial:   

2:50-3:00pm                    

  • Blanca Flores (El Salvador)

  • Yzela Flores (Mexico)

  • Cristobal Flores (Mexico)

Closing Remarks

3:00-3:20pm                    

  • Zuza Bohley, AFC+A Education Director    

  • Dr.Douglas Unger, AFC+A Board of Directors

*Nature Rx Forest Bathing and Nature Therapy at Dedissse Park, Evergreen Colorado

Sunday, September 30, 2-6pm

Local, ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) certified coach, Kelly Beard will be leading the 3-hour nature walk

 

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