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. Explore our initiatives below.
News and Publications
The ‘Outdoor Preschool Equity Toolkit’ was designed for preschool providers, highlighting best practices schools are doing to help families access outdoor preschool.
Download the ‘Outdoor Preschool Equity Toolkit’. This resource was designed for current preschool providers to highlight best practices that schools are doing around the state to help families overcome…
The Greener Parks for Health resources offer messages, tools, and policy solutions to help communicate, advocate, and institutionalize green infrastructure in parks!
The Greener Parks for Health resources offer a variety of research-informed messages, tools, and policy solutions for park and recreation professionals.
With the National Recreation and Park Association, we developed a suite of resources for park and recreation professionals and partners to address the inequitable climate-related health impacts and advocate…
The message to get outdoors for your health has been more present than ever, but not everyone has the same privilege to recreate safely.
#OptOutside this Green Friday! Meet some of our closest partners and colleagues who are actively working to get more Oregonians of all identities outside.
The Oregon Health & Outdoors Initiative is spearheading a statewide effort to drive a pathway to licensure for outdoor preschools in Oregon.
Barton Robison has been with Willamette Partnership since 2018. As we welcome him back, we want to (re)introduce him by having him answer a couple of questions.
Jade Greening is a collaboration of partners working towards a shared vision of a more breathable, accessible, livable, and prosperous Jade District.
This template, developed by the Shift Health Accelerator team and Willamette Partnership, is designed as a framework for community groups, cities, and/or coalitions working to increase urban greenspace to…
Preserving and creating spaces for people to be outdoors in nature can be a part of the solution to our most prevalent health issues. This new guide explains how…
A recent tree planting event in Portland’s Jade District with Friends of Trees volunteers kicks off Willamette Partnership’s effort to measure the health, environmental, and economic effects of greening projects…
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…
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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