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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. As the Forum has a limited seating capacity, registered Public Health participants are currently not permitted to attend Forum sessions.

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

Travel and Accommodations 
Frequently Asked Questions 
Steering Committee

Sponsors and Exhibitors

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.

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Download the Healthy Parks, Healthy People Forum abstract book (PDF, 0.3 MB)

Wednesday 1 May

7:00-8:30 CPHA Annual General Meeting
9:00—10:30 Opening Plenary
10:30—11:00 Nutrition Break 
11:00—12:30 Concurrent Sessions 1
12:30—13:15 Networking Lunch
13:30—15:00 Plenary II
15:00—15:30 Break
15:30 - 17:00 Concurrent Sessions 2

Thursday 2 May

9:00—10:30 Concurrent Sessions 3
10:30—11:00 Nutrition Break
11:00—12:30 Plenary III
12:30—13:30 Networking Lunch and Poster Presentations
13:30—15:00 Concurrent Session 4
15:00—15:30 Break
15:30—17:00 Closing Plenary


Registration is now open.

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.

Due to the limited seating capacity, Forum delegates are not permitted to attend Public Health 2019 sessions unless they are a registered Conference delegate. If you wish to attend one day of programming at Public Health 2019, we offer discounted daily rates. At the time of registration, you will be required to select the Forum of your choice and your dates of participation for Public Health 2019.

Member Registration

Non-member Registration


Full Forum


Regular Rate


CPHA Member $450


Non-member $500





CPHA Member $225


Non-member $275
Public Health 2019     
  One-day add on $250



Proof of full-time student status required.

Full Forum


Regular Rate


CPHA Member $225


Non-member $250





CPHA Member $125


Non-member $150
Public Health 2019     
  One-day add on $125


Member Registration

Non-member Registration

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

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Public Health Champion

Legacy Benefactors

Friend of Public Health

Public Health Supporters


ACC Technical Services

AccuVax by TruMed Systems

Brock University

Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety

Canadian Paediatric Society

Canadian Public Health Association

Canadian Research Initiative In Substance Misuse


Cardiomed Supplies Inc.


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Doctors Without Borders

École de santé publique de l’Université de Montréal

Environment and Climate Change Canada


Health Canada, Canadian Health Measures Survey

Health Canada, Indoor Air Contaminants Assessment

Health Canada, National Radon Program

Health Canada, Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion

Health Canada, Tobacco Control Directorate

Immunize Canada

Lakehead University

McGill University, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health

Métis National Council

National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health


Ontario Public Health Association

Ottawa Public Health

Pan American Health Organization

Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Physicians of Canada


Thunderbird Partnership Foundation

University of Ottawa

University of Saskatchewan