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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Integrating Public and Ecosystem Health Systems to Foster Resilience: A Workshop to Identify Research to Bridge the Knowledge-to-Action Gap: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26896.
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Appendix A

Statement of Task

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (the National Academies) will organize a workshop to inform the development of a research agenda aimed at bridging the knowledge-to-action gap related to integrating public health and conservation to foster resilience in these interconnected systems. The workshop will bring together interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners from the public health, natural resource management, and environmental protection communities to exchange knowledge, discuss critical gaps in understanding and practice, and identify promising research that could support development of domestic and international policy and practice. It will provide a venue to build stronger links among researchers working in different disciplines, and among researchers and practitioners. Specific areas to be explored at the workshop include:

  • Current intellectual frameworks for integrating public health, natural resource management, and environmental protection research, policies, and practices to foster resilience in complex, interconnected systems (including Planetary Health, One Health, nature-based solutions, and ecosystem services), synergies among these frameworks, and consideration of how they may continue to evolve to reflect emerging understanding and priorities
  • Recent research results and emerging areas for future research advances, including research related to characterizing and quantifying the public health effects associated with conservation, natural resource management, and other environmental and land-use practices; metrics that incorporate public and ecological health outcomes, including consideration of equity; how financing influences public and ecological health outcomes; and public health and conservation communication
  • Efforts to integrate public and ecological health considerations in policy and practice, what has worked, and where have there been challenges
  • Identification of key elements of a knowledge-to-action research agenda for integrating public and ecological health to foster resilience in these interconnected systems
  • Discussion of how a research agenda could be advanced, including opportunities to build better connections between research communities, and between practitioner and policy maker or decision-maker communities, in advancing research and practice
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Integrating Public and Ecosystem Health Systems to Foster Resilience: A Workshop to Identify Research to Bridge the Knowledge-to-Action Gap: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26896.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Integrating Public and Ecosystem Health Systems to Foster Resilience: A Workshop to Identify Research to Bridge the Knowledge-to-Action Gap: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26896.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. Integrating Public and Ecosystem Health Systems to Foster Resilience: A Workshop to Identify Research to Bridge the Knowledge-to-Action Gap: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26896.
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Ecosystems form the foundation upon which society can survive and thrive, providing food, water, air, materials, and recreation. These connections between people and their environments are under stress from human-driven climate change, pollution, resource exploitation, and other actions that may have implications for public health. The integral connection between nature and human health is recognized and has been explored through different bodies of work; however, because of the breadth of this issue, many implications regarding public health are not well characterized. This has created a gap in understanding the interconnections between public health and ecosystem health systems and how ecosystem resiliency may affect public health.

To inform the development of a research agenda aimed at bridging the knowledge-to-action gap related to integrating public and ecological health to foster resilience, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop across three days that brought together interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners from the public health, natural resource management, and environmental protection communities to exchange knowledge, discuss critical gaps in understanding and practice, and identify promising research that could support the development of domestic and international policy and practice. Day 1 of the workshop, held on September 19, 2022, addressed the following question: What has been learned about how to integrate public health and nature into research, policy, and practice to foster resilience? Days 2 and 3, held on September 29 and 30, 2022, explored advancement opportunities in transdisciplinary and community-engaged scholarship to improve integration of public health and nature and inform policy and practice and opportunities to bridge the knowledge-to-action gap with strategies to translate knowledge into policy and practice. This publication summarizes the presentation and discussion of the workshop.

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