Center for Health and Nature 2023 Symposium

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  1. Center for Health and Nature 2023 Symposium

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    Launched in 2018, the Center for Health & Nature is a partnership between Texan by Nature, Houston Methodist, and Texas A&M Health Science Center. The Health & Nature Symposium convenes friends of the center, researchers, potential funders, and donors to explore ways to advance the science of the interplay between exposure to natural environments, health and healing.

    The symposium increases awareness of the Center for Health & Nature research priorities, the current state of research in the field, and funding mechanisms available to collaborative partners of the center. Researchers can develop collaborations for innovative and meaningful research and take steps to secure funding in support of their projects.

    Agenda and Speakers

    Nature Contact and Health Promotion: From Science to Application

    Erin Largo-Wight, PhD

    Director, Institute of Environmental Research and Education (IERE)

    Professor, Department of Public Health

    University of North Florida

    The Clean Environment for Healthy Living Initiative: A Case for Environmental Justice

    Garret Sansom, DrPH, MPH

    Research Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

    Texas A&M University

    Exposure to nature and children’s health and development: Understandings from life-course research

    Dongying Li, MLA, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

    Texas A&M University

    Exploring the Connection Between Health and Nature: Research Updates from CHN

    Omar Elsayed, MBBCh

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Health & Nature

    Houston Methodist Research Institute

    Morning Vision Panel

    (audio only)


    • Erin Largo-Wight, PhD, University of North Florida
    • Garret Sansom, DrPH, MPH, Texas A&M University
    • Dongying Li, PhD, MLA, Texas A&M University
    • Omar Elsayed, MBBCh, Houston Methodist Research Institute


    (not recorded)

    Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH

    Senior Vice President and Director, Land and People Lab, Trust for Public Land,

    Hagler Fellow Professor, Texas A&M University

    Beyond the Bayous for a Healthier Harris County

    Lisa Graiff

    Senior Capital Projects Manager

    Houston Parks Board

    Waterloo Greenway Overview: A Place for All

    Jesús Aguirre

    Chief Executive Officer

    Waterloo Greenway

    Using Big Data, Machine Learning, and Passive Behavioral Data Collection to Understand the Relationships between Nature and Health

    Jared Hanley

    Chief Executive Officer



    Afternoon Vision Panel 

    (audio only)


    • Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH, Hagler Fellow Professor
    • Jared Hanley, NatureQuant
    • Lisa Graiff, Houston Parks Board
    • Jesús Aguirre, Waterloo Greenway