The MOAAP Nature & Health Series is designed to aid medical professionals in increasing their knowledge in the areas of nature as a healing tool. Attendees will learn from a diverse set of presenters about various ways time spent in nature can benefit a patient’s physical and mental health. This event is a partnership with the Missouri Child Psychiatry Access Project and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Event #4:
Jefferson City – September 29
Runge Conservation Nature Center

330 Commerce Dr, Jefferson City, MO 65109


Presentation – One Health: An Integrative Perspective
Sherri Russell, DVM

Dr. Sherri Russell is the State Wildlife Veterinarian at the Missouri Department of Conservation. This presentation will help learners to better understand nature’s impacts on patients with a focus on the One Health initiative.

Presentation – Suicide Prevention & Intervention
Lauren Moyer, LSCSW, LCSW

Dr. Lauren Moyer is the Executive VP of Innovation at Compass Health Network. This presentation will provide information on the impact of suicide, help to identify risk and protective factors, and explain how to intervene when someone is at risk of suicide.

Presentation – Neurodiversity & Nature
Dr. Paul Thomlinson

Dr. Paul Thomlinson is a Psychologist and Executive Director at Compass Health Research Institute. This presentation will describe the health and mental health promoting impact of engagement with the natural world.

Presentation – How to Ease People Into the Outdoors/Guided Nature Hike
Stacey Davis

Stacey Davis is Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center Manager at the Missouri Department of Conservation. This presentation will help learners to understand how time spent in nature can improve mental and physical health, and the role the Missouri Department of Conservation plays in connecting people to nature.

Presentation – Zoonotic Exposures
Dr. Chris Day

Dr. Chris Day focuses on Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s Mercy Kansas City and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at UMKC School of Medicine. This presentation will help learners to understand the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and management of tick borne illnesses in Missouri.

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