Public Health/Parks and Recreation Summit
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When: 3/08/2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: City Park Recreation Center
10455 Sheridan Boulevard
Westminster, Colorado  80020
United States
Contact: Jo Burns

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Public Health/Parks and Recreation Summit 2019

 For the Sake of Healthy Places and Community Spaces: Exploring Collaborative Solutions to 3rd Place



Public Health/Parks and Recreation Summit 2019

 For the Sake of Healthy Places & Community Spaces:

Exploring collaborative solutions to 3rd place

Friday, March 8, 2019

8:30am – 4:30pm

City Park Recreation, Westminster, CO


Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name” (Cheers).  In its own way, it speaks to the need that exists to have a place to go that is outside of one’s primary locations, such as work/school and home.  These so called “third places” play a significant role in one’s health, wellness and overall quality of life. Join us at the Summit and learn how public health, parks, recreation and built environment professionals impact the creation, existence and effectiveness of these spaces.  In the morning there will be panel discussions by professionals exploring and creating 3rd place in our communities. Join the excitement of our un-conference in the afternoon focused on topics connected to healthy places and community spaces chosen by you! Come be part of the conversations.




Networking/Coffee and Tea Snack Break sponsored by MDH Law Group                                                             



Welcome, Introduction to 3rd Place, What’s an UnConference? 

Jo Burns, Bob Tipton and Nick Bohnenkamp



State of our Professions

Speaker: Kim Boyd (CPHA), Karen O’Donnell (CPRA), Robby Layton (ASLA - Emeritus)

Description:  Hear the latest regarding the state of our professions (PH, PR and BE) in Colorado. Panel members will answers related to “hot” topics, opportunities for our professions to collaborate our work, and how best to contribute to create and influence healthy spaces and community spaces with our communities transforming them into collaborative 3rd spaces.  Then we’ll open it up to Q&A with our participants.



Creating Community Spaces

Speakers:  Sister Pat Hayden (St. Anthony North Health Campus), Kevin Colon (GlocalNet) and Debra Walsh (Jefferson County Public Library)

Description:  Creating community spaces with intention, mindfulness and inclusion.  Whether its in a health facility, the inter-faith community or your local library, community members are looking for a place to belong and connect with others.  Research shows our country has an epidemic of social isolation and disconnection. Join this discussion to see how 3 very different organizations are creating intentional spaces and bridging the gap for better public health and quality of life.



Healthy Snack Break - Snack Break sponsored by MDH Law Group



Creating Healthy Places

Speakers:  Cindy Campbell (Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center), Chandi Aldena and Emily Patterson (The Trust for Public Land) and Eugene Howard (City of Denver)

Description: “Hangouts at the heart of the community”. Healthy spaces are places where we build connections to our community, exchange ideas, and share experiences with others.   Our presenters will share “a slice” of how they created a hangout at the heart of their community where people can easily and routinely connect with each other.  These healthy places and third places take a variety of forms. You will hear about repurposing an underutilized space into a community recreation center, designing a culturally responsive outdoor gathering space in the heart of a new park, and closing a downtown street to create a “pop-up park”.

11:45am – 12:30pm

Collect Ideas and Topics for Unconference Conversations

Facilitators: Bob Tipton and Nick Bohnenkamp (Team Tipton)

Description: Need share overview of how the topic ideas are going to be collected and topic facilitators identified.



Lunch & Networking

Lunch catered by Mod Market     Lunch sponsored by Tobacco Free 303

Get Moving (optional) - Walk with Sarah Schwallier from Walk2Connect begins at 1pm at the main room door.  Or a facility tour with City Park Staff at 1pm at the entrance to the room.



Let the Unconference Begin

Speakers:  Facilitated by: Team Tipton and Participant Facilitators (TBD)

Description: (possibly 3 - 45 minute time slots with 4 topics at a time spread around the room, also have break out room across the hall.



Closing Remarks by Colorado PHPR and Facilitators


4:30pm - ??

Social and Networking at Rock Bottom Brewery – 10633 Westminster Blvd, CO 80020

All are welcome!


PHPR Summit Planning Team:  Chandi Aldena- The Trust for Public Land; Matt Anderson-Wheat Ridge Parks and Recreation; Janet Bartnik-Mountain Recreation; Jo Burns – Jo Burns Consulting;  Karen Fleming-City of Colorado Springs; Heidi Fritz-Tri County Health Department; Rebecca Gernes-Denver Environmental Health; Brian Kates-City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services; Elise Lubell-Jefferson County Public Health and COSPHE; Ashley Perillo-Colorado Parks and Recreation Association; Dave Peterson-Design Concepts; Jessie Salus-Tri County Health Department; Cate Townley- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment; and Virginia Visconti-Center for Public Health Practice -Colorado School of Public Health


PHPR Summit Partners: Anonymous Donor, City of Westminster, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, Colorado Public Health Association, Design Concepts, GreenPlay/GP RED, Jo Burns Consulting, MDH Law Group, Team Tipton, Tobacco Free 303 and Tri County Health Department



Cost: $10 professionals, $5 Students and includes lunch (10 volunteers can attend Free for working the whole day – includes lunch). Registration payment for the Summit is non-refundable.  It IS transferable – can’t make it, send someone else in your place.

Contact:  Jo Burns,, 303-345-5717

Check out the Collaborative Website!

Registration open until Tuesday March 5th, 2018 at 5pm


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