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Canadian Public Health Association

Healthy Parks, Healthy People Forum


The 2019 Healthy Parks Healthy People Forum will bring together parks and recreation professionals, health professionals, researchers, policy-makers, academics, students, trainees and community members to share the latest research, best practices, and progressive policies related to the human health and well-being benefits of nature. This includes both direct contact with nature and a healthy environment. Healthy Parks Healthy People is a worldwide movement which was launched by Parks Victoria (Australia) in 2000 to encourage the connections between a healthy environment and healthy society. In Canada, both parks and health organizations have recognized this link and launched their own programs. Backed by a growing body of evidence, Healthy Parks Healthy People has expanded and is receiving global attention. The two-day forum will feature a variety of peer-reviewed sessions generated through the Call for Submissions.

The Forum will be held concurrently with Public Health 2019, the annual conference of the Canadian Public Health Association. Delegates who registered for the Forum will be able to register for Public Health 2019 at a reduced rate. Delegates to Public Health 2019 are entitled to sit in on Forum sessions as space permits.

Forum Objectives

Call for Submissions 
Registration Information 
Travel and Accommodation Information 
Frequently Asked Questions 
Steering Committee


The Scientific Program will be developed by the Forum Steering Committee based, in part, on the submissions received through the open call. Session types will include:

  • Plenary sessions composed of a keynote speaker or panel of distinguished speakers which are planned by the Steering Committee;
  • Workshops and symposia that provide delegates with concrete skills and knowledge on various topics chosen by the Steering Committee based on the open call for submissions and the results of the peer review process; and
  • Oral and poster presentations, selected based on the results of the open call and peer review process.

Forum Objectives

The Forum will:

  • Explore evidence-based ways that nature can improve human health.
  • Encourage critical dialogue and foster partnerships between the parks, environment, and medical communities.
  • Inspire people to take action to incorporate nature into health programming.


The Forum will provide delegates the opportunity to:

  • Articulate the current status of research, policy, and practice related to healthy communities and public green space.
  • Identify public health challenges and related solutions, trends, emerging issues, and gaps.
  • Utilize effective evidence-based public health programs, practices, structures, and systems.
  • Identify strategies for knowledge translation and exchange.


Subject to change


Call for Submissions

Deadline for submissions: Thursday 1 November 2018

We are now accepting submissions for presentations at the 2019 Healthy Parks Healthy People Forum. Our goal is to present an integrated scientific program of research, policy and practice perspectives that encourages delegates and presenters to connect, share and learn from each other.

Healthy Parks Healthy People is interdisciplinary by nature, and topics from a variety of perspectives are welcome. Potential topics for submissions include, but are not limited to:

  • Measuring Healthy Parks Healthy People;
  • Impact of nature experiences on mental health;
  • Ecosystem services for public health; or
  • Lifespan health promotion through nature interventions.

Individuals may submit a maximum of two (2) abstracts as Presenting Author. Data presented at a previous conference may be submitted provided that they will not have been published in full before April 2019.

Oral Presentations

Accepted oral presentations will be assigned to a 90-minute session with four or five other presentations that share a common topic or complementary theme. Each presentation will be 10 minutes followed by a 5-minute discussion period facilitated by a moderator. Presenters may use slides to accompany the presentation.

Symposiums - Workshops

These 90-minute sessions facilitate the exchange and dissemination of research innovation, best practices, approaches and strategies to advance public health.

Speakers should offer varying perspectives on timely topics and submissions should describe how participants will be engaged throughout the session. All submissions must include up to three learning objectives that describe the information, skills, behaviors, or perspectives participants in the session will acquire through their participation.

Submissions MUST be completed using the templates provided.
Download the most appropriate template for your submission.


  • To facilitate peer review, applications MUST be submitted electronically, using the template.
  • The abstract document MUST BE IN WORD format. Any other file type CANNOT be accepted. 
  • Use short, specific titles and standard abbreviations.
  • You may upload a maximum of two submissions as Presenting Author. Presenting authors certify that all co-authors/co-presenters agree to the submission. 
  • Application may be submitted in either official language. 
  • Deadline for submissions is 11:59 pm EST, Thursday 1 November. 
  • Keep a copy of your submission for your records.
  • Each submission will be peer reviewed and final decisions regarding acceptance will be made by the Scientific Committee.
  • Submitters will be notified of the selection by Monday 31 December 2018.

Submit your abstract


Registration opens November 2018.

Anyone interested in the linkages between human health and nature, and interested in taking action to use nature as a tool to improve health outcomes, should attend this forum. 

As the Forum is held concurrently with Public Health 2019, registering for the forum only does not grant you access to sessions at Public Health 2019 on Wednesday 1 May or Thursday 2 May. We are pleased to offer a discounted daily rate for forum participants to attend Public Health 2019 on Tuesday 30 April in advance of the forum.


Full Forum


Early Bird Rate*

Regular Rate


CPHA Member $400 $450


Non-Member $450 $500






CPHA Member n/a $250


Non-Member n/a $275
Public Health 2019       
  One-day add on n/a $200

* Early-bird rate ends on Monday 4 March 


Proof of full-time student status required.

Full Forum


Early Bird Rate*

Regular Rate


CPHA Member $200 $225


Non-Member $225 $250






CPHA Member n/a $125


Non-Member n/a $150
Public Health 2019       
  One-day add on n/a $125

* Early-bird rate ends on Monday 4 March

Payment Options

For online registration, a Visa or MasterCard is required to complete the transaction. To request an invoice payable by cheque or credit card, contact

Indigenous Community Rate

We are pleased to offer a rate for participants from Indigenous communities. Contact to learn how to register.  

Group Registrations

We are pleased to offer a discount for staff registering from the same organization. Contact to learn more. 

The following conditions will apply: 

  • One invoice will be issued per group registration, payable by cheque or credit card.
  • If an invoice exceeds $1,500 and an organization wishes to pay by credit card, a 2.5% surcharge will be applied to recoup the service fees charged to process the transaction.   
  • Once payment is received, group participants will be issued a unique registration link. Separate registrations must be completed for each delegate.

Travel and Accommodations

The 2019 Healthy Parks, Healthy People Forum is held concurrently with Public Health 2019, take advantage of discounts available for travel and accommodations in Ottawa

Have Questions?

Read through our Frequently Asked Questions

Steering Committee

Ian Culbert, Canadian Public Health Association (Chair)
Don Carruthers Den Hoed, Mount Royal University
Anne Craig, Ontario Parks
Sonya Jakubec, Mount Royal University
Steve Kingston, Ontario Parks
Jennifer McCaffrey, BC Parks Foundation
Marlene Power, The Child & Nature Alliance of Canada
Mike Puddister, EcoHealth Ontario
Melissa Lem, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment