Health & Technology Partners conducts research for nonprofits, local, state, and federal agencies, academic partners, and community organizations, including project design, implementation, and analysis leading to a range of deliverables.
Conducting the “Health and Nature Expert Opinion Survey” that will guide development of a new survey instrument, the Health Benefits of Nature Survey, that can be used to explore the general public’s awareness and acceptance of the health benefits of nature. Active member of the Horton Research Group.
Conducting the “Nature as Medicine: Determining the Evidence Needs of Multiple Stakeholders” Delphi research study. This project is a collaborative effort resulting from the 2019 SHIFT Summit. The research project will explore the evidentiary needs of stakeholders from different provider groups to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the current scientific evidence base and to provide actionable knowledge for the research and practitioner community to conduct future research and program implementations.
Developing a Continuing Education (CE) unit for land managers, foresters, and park personnel examining the connection between nature and human health and a brief overview of how such programming can be integrated into existing offerings.
Completed Phase II of a research project, resulting in the Health and Nature Program Partnership Toolkit. Entering Phase III of the research project: design and execute two case studies testing the implementation of the Health and Nature Program Partnership Toolkit by two state park agencies to evaluate the toolkit’s utility and effectiveness in guiding the expansion of health-related programming.
Conducting a literature review to review and summarize the research literature to identify key natural, built, and social attributes of forest settings, trails, and other natural and designed outdoor environments (e.g., gardens) relevant to forest therapy experiences, resulting in the development of practitioner-focused guidelines for the planning, design, and management of new and existing trails and related environments for forest bathing/forest therapy.