APHA Webinar: What Can Public Health Learn from Parks & Recreation Efforts?

Informational Event Listing

APA Florida Chapter


Tuesday, June 18, 2019
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT

Webinar, FL, United States


Join the Bloomberg American Health Initiative and the American Public Health Association for a conversation about how park and recreation agencies actively influence health and advance equity. Participants will learn about:

- tools agencies can use to promote healthy lifestyles;

- local case examples; and

- a collaborative project among public health, medical and school partnerships that lead to a community preventative health systems plan led by parks and recreation. 

This webinar is funded through cooperative agreement U38OT000131 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association. The contents of this webinar are solely the responsibility of the presenters and do not necessarily represent the official views of the American Public Health Association or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About the presenters

Kate Robb, MSPH

Senior Program Manager, Environmental Health

Center for Public Health Policy, American Public Health Association

Kate joined APHA in 2015 and led the Healthy Community Design portfolio as a policy analyst in environmental health. Currently as senior program manager of Environmental Health, she manages the healthy community design and natural environment initiatives, with a focus on improving environmental health systems and building partnerships.


Nonet Sykes

Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Nonet Sykes is the Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer for the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) where she leads the development and implementation of policies and approaches that advance equity and inclusion for all facets of the BeltLine project. Prior to joining ABI, Nonet was Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and received her certificate in Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership from Georgetown University. Nonet serves on the board of the National Recreation and Parks Association.


Teresa L. Penbrooke, PhD, MAOM, CPRE

Director, Healthy Communities Research Group, GP RED

CEO and Founder, GreenPlay, LLC

Affiliate Faculty, Metropolitan State University- Denver

Dr. Teresa Penbrooke provides over 30 years of public agency and business management, teaching, and research. She is the Director of the Healthy Communities Research Group for GP RED, the CEO and Founder of GreenPlay, LLC (leading parks, recreation, and related planning for over 500 communities since 1999), and Affiliate Faculty at Metropolitan State University – Denver. Teresa authors books and articles, teaches for associations and universities, and consults on modifying preventive health, access to nature, master planning, and community engagement. 


Anthony Finlay

Executive Director, Hutchinson Recreation Commission

As Executive Director of the Hutchinson Recreation Commission, Anthony leads a group of recreation professionals who are dedicated to inspiring residents to actively enjoy a healthy life as they strengthen their community. He is currently President of the Kansas Recreation & Park Association, a Sunflower Foundation Advocacy Fellow and has served as their Public Policy Chairman since 2017. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Parks & Recreation Management from Fort Hays State University and is a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional.

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Contact Info

Katie Robb, kate.robb@apha.org