SORP 2019 Webinars: Partnerships & Collaborations

Webinar: Public Health Partnerships in Minnesota - Navigating the Land of 10,000 Opportunities 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

This webinar offers a Midwestern take on parks and public health partnerships. Speakers from Minnesota State Parks and Trails and HealthPartners will describe why Minnesota is fertile ground for parks and public health partnerships, research, and programs. Discussion will review important first steps for launching a new park prescription project, how to keep your partnerships alive post-pilot, and the importance of maintaining focus on your long-term goals despite competing priorities and organizational challenges. 


  • Featured “learning objectives” will include the following:
    • Learn how to lay the groundwork for a successful pilot project or partnership relating to parks and public health
    • Understand how to maintain momentum in partnerships once initial efforts are completed
    • Understand the key challenges of working with healthcare and government agencies and how to overcome these barriers

Arielle Courtney, MS
Partnership Development Consultant, Parks and Trails Division
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Stephanie Kovarik, RDN, LD
PowerUp Program Coordinator, Stillwater Medical Groups and Lakeview Hospital

Speaker Bios
Arielle Courtney is the partnership development consultant for Minnesota State Parks and Trails. Prior to this position, Arielle worked as a policy and research analyst and planner for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Her expertise includes interdisciplinary research, planning, and public engagement related to outdoor recreation, conservation, and land management. She holds an M.S. and B.S. from the University of Minnesota in Natural Resources Science and Management and a public health fundamentals certificate from Indiana University. She lives in Minneapolis and enjoys stereotypical northern pursuits such as candle-lit cross-country skiing, Superior Hiking Trail trips with her dog, and paddling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Stephanie Kovarik is a registered dietitian and has been working in health improvement and program development for 20 years within the healthcare setting, including community health.  She currently serves as Program Coordinator for PowerUp, a community health initiative focused on childhood obesity prevention, for HealthPartners Lakeview Health. Stephanie builds community partnerships and helps to convene and lead efforts focused on creating community change by making it easy and fun for kids and families to eat better and move more where they live, learn, work and play. In her free time, you’ll find Stephanie cheering on her teenage son and daughter in their many activities. She also enjoys being active outdoors and traveling.