Health & Nature Symposium

Leaders from the Center for Health & Nature’s founding organizations attended the Health & Nature Symposium held February 13 at the Houston Methodist Research Institute, including (left to right) Ed Jones, Houston Methodist Research Institute President and CEO, Bita Kash, PhD, director of the Center for Outcomes Research at the Houston Methodist Research Institute, Carrie Byington, MD, Vice Chancellor for Health Services at Texas A&M, Joni Carswell, CEO and president of Texan by Nature, and Marc Boom, Houston Methodist President and CEO.


The Center for Health & Nature hosted the Health & Nature Symposium 2019 on February 13 to connect scientists and leaders in exploring research priorities and future collaborations. Its goal is to research nature’s impact on patient and clinician care and integrate the results into clinical practice. Former First Lady Laura Bush, founder of Texan by Nature, provided the closing remarks, which were picked up in a story from KRIV, Fox 26 News. She said, “The Center for Health & Nature is making measurable progress to establish and leverage the link between nature and health and to improve all lives. Your participation ensures that our children and grandchildren will experience the joys and benefits of being in nature so they can live happy and healthy lives.”

The event was co-sponsored by the Center’s founding members: Texan by Nature, Texas A&M and Houston Methodist. It was attended by over 100 scientists, health professionals and faculty from the community, and a livestream connected more than 45 remote participants. View the recording here.