The Water and Health Summit was held June 29-30 in Lincoln with the goal of improving the health of Nebraska. The in-person event brought together leaders in health and water to clarify issues in Nebraska, define obstacles to key solutions and operationalize solutions. One outcome of the Summit was to build a community of practice linking health professionals and knowledge to those doing work in water resources and agriculture. Organizers also plan to produce a white paper and policy brief on the challenges and solutions identified, with next steps listed for each partner and a final presentation to policymakers.
Invited participants included experts from DWFI, the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and the University of Nebraska’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR), as well as Natural Resources Districts managers, physicians, donors, government entities, growers and others.
The Summit was organized by the Water, Climate and Health Program, a joint initiative of the UNMC College of Public Health, DWFI, and IANR as the result of a gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation from the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation.