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GP RED

GP RED works nationally to provide research, education, and development for health, recreation, and land management agencies. We are focused on providing knowledge transfer for professionals who help create quality of life in our communities. We are not membership based. Please donate!

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Healthy Communities Research Group

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Families
General population
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

GP RED's has several research initiatives under this program. A primary program is the Surveillance and Management Toolkit, which helps local communities determine how parks and recreation can provide preventive health benefits, using a systems approach to look at the key factors for improvements. The priorities emerge from collaborative methods to determine whether there are gaps in programs, amenities, spaces, finance, partnerships, and other mechanisms to figure out where to put public funding for best outcomes.

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Evidence of Program's Success

GP RED has worked with a variety of communities to help achieve better outcomes, including South Bend, IN; Liberty, MO; Halifax County, NC; and Arlington Heights, IL. Other projects are currently in the works.

GP RED Research Briefs

Class

Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities
General population
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Teachers

Description

GP RED publishes Research Briefs that are journalistic summaries of the current state of research and/or methods as they relate to promoting health in community settings. Research Briefs highlight and present overviews of significant studies, programs, and policies using evidence-based approaches. They are aimed at practitioners as a summary of a single study that may or may not have been previously published, or a synopsis/review of research relative to a topic with an emphasis on what the research means and how to use it in the management of services. This includes findings from the REDLine Survey, which goes out to over 8,000 professionals quarterly to take a pulse on current hot topics.

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Evidence of Program's Success

GP RED publishes original research, case studies, analyzed practice experiences, and/or summary analyses to help translate findings and management implications from application of research to practice. We maintain a national direct email list and social media releases for distribution to over 8,000 parks and recreation practitioners, academicians, related designers, public health, transportation, and similar professionals.

GP RED National Think Tank

Class

Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities
General population
Homeless
People/Families of People with Health Conditions

Description

The Think Tank organized and hosted by GP RED, is a biennial invited national gathering of Thought Leaders to discuss innovations, best practices, and collaboration among health, recreation, planning, and land management professionals.

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Evidence of Program's Success

GP RED has successfully hosted the Think Tank in various states every other year since 2008. Typically 30 - 100 Thought Leaders gather to learn from each other, share information, and identify gaps to address. These sessions promote translation of knowledge between disciplines.

GP RED Access to Nature Initiatives

Class

Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

Ethnic/Racial Minorities
Families
General population
People/Families of People with Health Conditions
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

GP RED has been forefront in developing research and implementation programs that promote active engagement in nature. These include working with local public agencies to get youth and other underserved populations into the outdoors, providing education and awareness around safety, conservation, outdoor ethics, and joy of outdoor connection to nature.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Programs have been development and implemented, such as the Pueblo, CO Plug into Nature Project, the US Forest Services' Children's Forest Corridor Project, and New Hampshire's Youth Engagement Strategies workshops. O

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