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Wednesday, May 17 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Session 3B: Parks & Prevention Partnerships - Creating the Conduit to Nature for Improved Health

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Part I:  Parks & Prevention Partnerships
One of Carter County Drug Prevention's most valuable partners is Elizabethton Parks and Recreation. Since 2010, the organizations have worked together on dozens of community events and activities each year. They also implemented a community mentorship program for at-risk youth and the coalition offers support to the parks and rec department through provision of ACEs, trauma informed care, harm reduction and safe needle pick-up and Narcan trainings. Jilian and Kelly have spoken at National Recreation and Parks Association conferences and other national events about their partnership and its successes and are hopeful that prevention partners will gain strategies for creating similar parks and rec partnerships in their own communities through this presentation.

Part II:  Creating the Conduit to Nature for Improved Health
How can we make the outdoors, as a resource for improved health and well-being, more accessible? This is the question that Healthy Parks Healthy Person (HPHP) seeks to address. And we believe the answer fits in the palm of your hand. HPHP is an app-based program created to increase Tennessee residents’ overall health through incentivized outdoor activity. It is through this simply designed, free app that HPHP is making the outdoors, and its benefits, more equitable for all residents of Tennessee, regardless of who they are, where they live in the state, or how much money they make. It is also helping to equip them with basic outdoor gear so they can continue to get outdoors for improved health.

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Jilian Reece

Executive Director, Carter County Drug Prevention (CCDP)
Jilian Reece has a bachelor's degree in communication from ETSU and is a Certified Prevention Specialist II. Before taking on CCDP, she spent many years as a Tobacco Health Educator for the Carter County Health Department. Her favorite part of her job is working with teenagers on... Read More →
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Kelly Kitchens

Program & Special Events Coordinator, City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation
Employed by the City of Elizabethton Parks and Recreation for the last twenty-two years, Kelly has served in her current role of Programming and Special Events for the last five. This job fits her outgoing personality well, as she loves being in the community forming friendships and... Read More →
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Stacey Levine

Director, Healthy Parks Healthy Person
Stacey Levine practiced as an architect for fifteen years before transitioning to community development with a focus on strengthened communities through assets-based health initiatives.  She is currently the Director of Healthy Parks Healthy Person, a non-profit organization that... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2023 1:15pm - 2:30pm CDT
Ballroom B/C

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