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entity like Well Being Trust. How
can park and recreation professionals build similar, but different, relationships with the other
healthcare entities that maybe
are not quite as visionary?
Norris: I think as the healthcare
sector, we can do better in actually making ourselves available to
parks and recreation and nature
leaders to more effectively partner. We can open that door a bit
more. I want to acknowledge the
work of a lot of organizations, including NRPA, the Children and
Nature Network and so many others, in really helping to build that
conversation. I would encourage
park and recreation professionals
to reach out and help get a healthcare person out of their building

for 45 minutes to go walk around
the park while physical distancing and have a conversation about
how we could partner. I would
start with caregivers. Right now,
I will tell you, as part of a health
system, I'm out there looking at
the mental health of the country.
But every day, I have internal calls
with my Providence colleagues
about how we are taking care of
the well-being of our own employees. We'll start with the healthcare
employees having better access -
and their families having better access - to nature.
Dr. Wu: And, park professionals
could step into that role, and really just say, " We are here, let us
help, let us be of service to these
front-line caregivers. "

Norris: Yes, and they can focus
on the first responders, EMT
[Emergency Medical Technician]
professionals and health professionals on the front lines, as well
as those people in our federally
qualified health centers and care
settings. Let's just start with them
and then with their families. And,
we could have that conversation,
not just on a Zoom call, but also
on a masked, physical distanced
walk where we actually can think
about it and model the benefit
right there because we know what
happens during a physical distanced walk - we all feel better
at the end of it.

Vitisia Paynich is NRPA's Executive Editor,
print and online content (vpaynich@nrpa.org).

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