HEALTH & ECOSYSTEMS: ANALYSIS OF LINKAGES (HEAL) represents a global collaboration among leading public health and environmental conservation organizations focused on understanding relationships between the state of ecosystems and public health outcomes. HEAL’s long term goal is to increase support for integrated public health and environmental conservation initiatives as intimately related, interdependent challenges. Such a cross-sectoral attitudinal change would ultimately help to improve public health outcomes, equity, and resilience for some of the world’s poorest people, living in the world’s most remote areas, while simultaneously conserving some of the most important landscapes and seascapes left on earth.

HEAL’s applied research program is currently comprised of five thematic site-based modules and a sixth cross-cutting module. HEAL’s five-year timeframe includes planning for and implementation of the applied research agenda, initial analysis and interpretation of study site data, compilation of key findings, and sharing of lessons learned with key stakeholders at a range of relevant scales. The site-based modules that have been selected for the HEAL portfolio all have significant potential policy relevance, a key criterion for this initiative. Collectively, this portfolio of projects represents a unique opportunity to have far greater impacts on conservation and public health practice than any single project could achieve alone. HEAL’s Cross-Cutting Module will provide both management support to the multiple HEAL projects and ensure that synthetic lessons learned are captured and shared. This integrated, holistic approach was developed to meet the following HEAL goals: 

Address Knowledge Gaps

There are significant knowledge gaps regarding the cause and effect relationships between ecosystem alteration and public health. Policymakers and scientists who are interested in understanding potential relationships are currently left with largely anecdotal information that is clearly insufficient for informing decision-making on conservation, public health, or both. Read more...

Inform Policy 

The results from each of HEAL’s five site-based applied research studies will be linked to specific local (and national/regional as applicable) policies and shared in a time frame appropriate for related decision-making. This process will be underpinned by the involvement of stakeholders with a range of interests and backgrounds, from multiple levels of decision-making. Read more...

Translate Science Into Action

HEAL researchers will effectively communicate findings in ways that facilitate understanding and clearly identify “next steps” to multiple stakeholders, in particular those who are interested in optimizing both public health and biodiversity conservation outcomes. Read more...

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