Many Park Prescription programs are initiated by parks and public land agencies. Partnerships between parks and health agencies are especially crucial to the success of these programs, but often, park and public land agencies do not feel equipped to talk about the health benefits of nature in the context of the health profession.
This tool provides a doctor's perspective on the importance of Park Prescription programs and positions Park Prescription programs as health interventions that are rooted in the trainings of health care providers, whether they are doctors or health educators. The most powerful first step to creating a lasting partnership for Park Prescription programs is to be armed with enough information about the relevance of programs in different settings.
The questions were answered by Dr. Robert L. Zarr, MD, MPH, FAAP. Dr. Zarr is currently the Park Prescription Advisor to the National Park Service.
Dr. Robert Zarr lives and works in Washington, DC. He is a board-certified pediatrician at Unity Health Care, where he cares for low-income immigrant populations. He currently serves as President of Physicians for a National Health Program, and is the Founder and Director of DC Park Rx. Dr. Zarr also serves as the National Park Service Park Prescription Advisor, and Unity's Director of Park Prescription. Dr. Zarr’s pioneering work has been profiled in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, USA Today, NPR and many other prominent news outlets.