Health Women in Science

November Women in Science

Congratulations to Dr. Melissa Lem, winner of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s 2022 Nature Inspiration Award in the Adult category. Vancouver family physician Dr. Lem is an internationally recognized expert in the health benefits of nature, and President-Elect of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. Working under the auspices of the BC Parks Foundation, Lem led the launch of Canada’s national nature prescription program, PaRx. This program—the first in Canada, and only the second in the world—engages health-care providers to prescribe nature to their patients, offering both resources and information to the providers. Thanks to various partnerships with groups across Canada, the program also offers a range of options to increase accessibility to natural spaces, such as free park passes from Parks Canada, to enable Canadians to access nature where they live.

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