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Nature and Health

Chronic diseases and mental health conditions are common and disabling, with conditions such as obesity, heart disease and depression among the top public health priorities of our time. The treatment costs of these health challenges are rising and healthcare providers are struggling to provide effective care to all in need. In addition, significant disparities in access to health care and health outcomes exist.

Nature and Health seeks to understand the benefits of nature contact to human health and well-being. They look to translate that understanding into programs, practices, policies, and the design of healthcare, educational, and community settings that benefit all people.

Through establishing partnerships with both the local Seattle community and across the US, Nature and Health offers expertise, guidance, and support to grow the current body of knowledge around this topic and contribute to the design of health-care, educational, and community settings that benefit all people.

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Josh Lawler

Josh Lawler
Director of Nature and Health
jlawler@uw.edu

 

 

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