Improving Health Outcomes
Health and Outdoors Initiative
Getting more people outside more often for their health
Spending time in nature is a reliable and affordable way to improve one’s well-being. But not everyone has equal access to the outdoors. We’re working to help more people experience the health benefits of nature. Bobby Cochran, executive director of Willamette Partnership, is a Culture of Health Leader, a new program co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Explore our work below.
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Professionals from both the public health and the science fields must work together to overcome health inequities, says Cameron Brown, a public health graduate student who recently interned with…
(Length: 8:00 min) Bobby Cochran, executive director of Willamette Partnership, tells you why Medicaid should be paying for trees, why outdoor educators are public health officials, and why stormwater…
(Length 7:30 min) The executive director of Willamette Partnership, Bobby Cochran, talks about the Oregon Health and Outdoors Initiative, a movement to get people outdoors more often for their…
The Health and Outdoors Initiative that Willamette Partnership helps lead recently released guidelines to help outdoor education providers incorporate health considerations into their programming.
The guidelines that follow are intended to shape thinking about opportunities to integrate health in outdoor education. As such, they are also useful to school administrators who are considering…
Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving back to great causes. We think you ought to support our friends The Next Door, a social service nonprofit in the…
Press Release: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today announced that Bobby Cochran, executive director of Willamette Partnership — a Portland-based environmental nonprofit — has been selected from more than 500 applicants to become part of its esteemed Culture of Health Leaders program.
Willamette Partnership’s executive director joins a cohort of 50 leaders working to develop innovative tools that enable people to live longer, healthier lives.
Despite the clear connection between the natural environment and public health, these fields haven’t evolved together with a shared vision.
The Health and Outdoors Framework seeks to integrate health and conservation efforts and concepts. It provides tools and intervention ideas to healthcare providers, conservation organizations, public health practitioners, and…
Did you know that a simple walk through a neighborhood with lots of trees can help calm your mind? Did you ever wonder what it’s like for those who…
Join Willamette Partnership and Environmental and Health Allies to Combat National Health Crisis of Nature Deficit Disorder
Willamette Partnership with its allies across conservation and health sectors announce an initiative to combat nature deficit disorder.
A New discussion note looks at state trends on what hospitals expend for charity care and how that might help new investments in nature.
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