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Canadian Public Health Association

Healthy Parks, Healthy People Forum

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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
Program-at-a-Glance

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

Program

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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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.

PROGRAM-AT-A-GLANCE

Subject to change

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Call for Submissions

The call for submissions is now closed

Oral and Poster Submissions
  • Final decisions regarding acceptance will be made by the Scientific Review Committee and submitters will be notified of the selection by e-mail on or before Monday 31 December 2018.
  • Given the very high quality of abstracts that we receive, submissions will be scheduled in the most appropriate format (oral or poster presentation) by the Scientific Committee. Accepted presenters will be notified of the presentation format in January 2019.
  • All presenters must be registered for at least one day of the Forum by 4 March 2019 in order to be included in the conference program. Exhibitor and sponsor passes CANNOT be used by presenters.
Symposium and Workshop Presentations
  • Final decisions regarding acceptance will be made by the Scientific Review Committee and submitters will be notified of the selection on or before Monday 3 December 2018.
  • All speakers who present must be registered for at least one day of the Forum by 4 March 2019 in order to be included in the conference program. Exhibitor and sponsor passes CANNOT be used by presenters.

Have questions? Read through our Forum Frequently Asked Questions page.

Registration

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.

Participants

Full Forum

 

Early Bird Rate*

Regular Rate

 

CPHA Member $400 $450

 

Non-Member $450 $500

Daily

 

 

 

 

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 

Students

Proof of full-time student status required.

Full Forum

 

Early Bird Rate*

Regular Rate

 

CPHA Member $200 $225

 

Non-Member $225 $250

Daily

 

 

 

 

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 phforums@cpha.ca.

Indigenous Community Rate

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

Group Registrations

We are pleased to offer a discount for staff registering from the same organization. Contact phforums@cpha.ca 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