There is a growing consensus that nature has many health benefits, from increased physical activity to mental, emotional, and community health benefits.
To help more people benefit from time in nature, the Whatcom Park Finder has been developed for our Parkscriptions program.
Parkscriptions is a program of Recreation Northwest working in partnership with health providers to connect patients with positive outdoor experiences for healthier lifestyles and improved mental and physical health.
In 2018 the following health providers are participating in the pilot program:
Family Care Network - Bellingham Bay Family Medicine
Greg Anderson MD, Sara Bowling MD, Laura Fox DO, Ian Bonner MD, Karen Okeefe MD, Melana Schimke MD & James Hopper MD
Family Care Network - Whatcom Family Medicine
Heather Thomson, ARNP
Family Care Network - Family health Associates
Rodney Anderson MD, Edward Bloom MD, Jessica Bloom MD, David Gavareski MD, Deborah Hall MD, Ryan Honey MD, Kellie Jacobs MD, Sharon Kerlin ARNP, Meghan Lelonek MD, Miriam Shapiro MD, Ashley Yoder MD
Family Care Network - Ferndale Family Medical Center
Renay Fredette MD, Jennifer Bates MD, Rebecca Brejcha ARNP, John Hruby MD, Stephen Lewis MD, Erin Maloney PA-C, Claudia Rey MD, Bertha Safford MD, Kalani Snyder MD
Family Care Network - Squalicum Family Medicine
Shelby Hein MD, Harry Herdman MD, Heather Honey MD, Lillian Pavlik ARNP
Family Care Network - North Sound Family Medicine
Sarah Herrman ARNP, Rory Bradt DO, Lisa Brodsky ARNP, William Eiford PA, Anneliese Floyd MD, Elizabeth Gaylord ARNP, Patrick McLaughlin MD, John Raduege MD, Jason Short MD, Vicki Short MD, Mary Swanson MD, April Wakefield-Pagels MD, Chao-ying Wu MD
Tapping into Natural Wisdom
Rene Laventure, Ph. D.
Sea Mar Health Educator
Baker to Bay Physical Therapy & Wellness
Bellingham Physical Therapy
John McWilliams, Clare Jones Natalie Johnson, Thomas Eby
Natural Way Chiropractic
Eddie Hanson, Brian Covey, Adam Klassen, Allan Sheen
Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center
Katy Smith & Barbara Karabin
If you are a health provider and would like to get involved:
We have posters and patient information for all participating health providers. For our purposes we want to know who is using the program and would also like for you to share some data with us, either through your EMR or a simple online tracking tool. And most importantly, we want to include you in conversations for feedback during this pilot phase.
Please contact Todd Elsworth at (360) 739-8458 or Todd@RecreationNorthwest.org for more information.
You can find more information about the program at www.Parkscriptions.org.
If you would like to get involved, please contact Todd@RecreationNorthwest.org.
Parkscriptions was inspired by Park Rx America and is proud to be using their website platform.