The Children & Nature Network is inspiring the global movement to increase equitable access to nature so that children - and natural places - can thrive.

The C&NN International Leadership Summit will engage 400 people in productive working sessions in six action areas: Green Schoolyards, City Government, Next Generation Leadership, Grassroots Leaders, Healthcare Providers, Nature-based Learning Research. Summit participants will work over two days to develop shared goals, action agendas and explore methods for measuring progress in their Action Areas.

Since you are participating in a specific Action Area, your schedule will be completed for you-- this means that you will not need to sign up for any Summit sessions in Sched. By the beginning of May, we will link your Sched profile to your Action Area.  
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Monday, May 21 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
Health Professionals Action Area
Location: Junior Ballroom 1

The primary goal of the Health Professionals Action Area is to help shape a Health Professional Children and Nature Action Agenda to increase outdoor time for children. By bringing together health professionals from a variety of perspectives in the field, we will engage in an interactive series of sessions to identify innovative approaches and strategies for increasing health professional engagement in nature-based efforts.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to strategic discussions in five key areas:

1. Amplifying and sharing research that supports nature’s benefits to children’s health.
2. Successful Park Rx programs, patient education programs, and other research-based strategies for igniting outdoor time for families and children.
3. Public policy opportunities for mobilizing health professionals to influence equitable access to natural green space.
4. Built environments for nature play and healing in nature.
5. Increasing the network of health professionals who integrate health and nature connections into their professional efforts.

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Nancy Herron

Board Member, Children & Nature Network
Nancy Herron joined the Board of Directors of the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) in 2015 after serving as a C&NN Senior Associate and on the grassroots leadership team since the early days of C&NN. Nancy is a retired Outreach and Education Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife... Read More →
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Margaret Lamar

Children & Nature Network

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Curtis Chan

Medical Director, Maternal,Child&Adolescent Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health
Curtis Chan, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and preventive medicine specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area.   He serves as Medical Director of Maternal, Child & Adolescent Health and Deputy Health Officer for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
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Abhay Dandekar

Pediatrician, Kaiser Permanente
Abhay Dandekar is a board certified Pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente East Bay and is committed to healthy spaces and patient and family centered care for all.  After completing his B.S. Degree at UC Berkeley and his M.D. from New York Medical College, he completed his training... Read More →
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Dr. Stephen Pont

Office of Science and Population Health, Department of State Health Services
After nearly a decade of practicing general pediatrics in primarily Spanish speaking safety net clinics, co-founding Dell Children’s childhood obesity center, and serving as the Medical Director for Austin Independent School District, Dr. Pont joined the Texas Department of State... Read More →
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Nooshin Razani

Director, Center for Nature and Health
Dr. Nooshin Razani is a pediatrician, researcher and passionate advocate for the healing power of nature. She is the founder and director of the Center for Nature and Heath, based at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The Center conducts original research related to nature... Read More →

Monday May 21, 2018 10:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Junior Ballroom 1, 2nd Floor