"We recently had Jo Burns be our keynote speaker at our Park Rx Utah Stakeholder Retreat. Not only was she well received by the audience but she was easy to work with, engaging, personable and spent extra time listening to and interacting with the attendees. Her enthusiasm for outdoor recreation and collaboration was inspiring. You won’t be disappointed when connecting and collaborating with Jo in the future."
Sarah Kinnison ~ Salt Lake County Public Health ~ Health Educator & Park Rx UT Coordinator
"Jo is a dynamic and engaging public speaker. She is a wealth of knowledge in the field of Public Health and Parks and Recreation and knows how to apply that knowledge in a practical and results-oriented way. She is easy to work with and does her homework to understand exactly what you are looking for. I've worked with Jo for many years on a variety of things and I can truly say she's the queen of connections!"
Ashley Perillo ~ Colorado Parks & Recreation Association ~ Professional Development Program Manager
"Jo was a speaker at our state professional association conference, which was quickly transitioned from in-person to virtual. She was extremely responsive, flexible and her session was well-attended. As the chair of the virtual conference, I received several compliments regarding Jo's session, along with requests to have her back in the future. I highly recommend Jo for conferences, workshops, in-service trainings or any other professional development opportunity. "
Katey Legg ~ Virginia Recreation and Park Society ~ Virtual Conference Chair
Jo is the kind of speaker you want to have on your program because she is the consummate professional who is responsive, easy to work with and will provide thought-provoking content in a timely manner. Jo is wonderful to work with and she did a great job for us at our recent virtual conference. She delivered a high quality simulated live (simulive) session that was interactive and engaging for participants, which is not an easy thing to do for virtual. We were thrilled to welcome her contributions this year and look forward to working with her again in the future.
Leesa Kuo Johnson~ Illinois Parks and Recreation Association ~ Conference and Meeting Director
"Loved the exercises. Time to mix up who's at the table and get seats at other tables! Great session and speaker. Enjoyed the group activity, which pushed us to go beyond our normal assumptions and help us get to that a-ha, light bulb moment where growth and learning occurs." National Recreation and Parks Association ~ "Weaving a Tapestry of Health" Attendees
"As an athletic coordinator, this was a great way to look at health as a whole and how to provide the best possible experience to the recreation field. Purposeful. Lots of good information and different way of looking at our Department. The presentation was great and engaging. I would definitely recommend this class to other professionals."
National Recreation and Park Association ~ "Health Planning for Parks & Recreation Agencies" Attendees
The PHPR Collaborative brings together public health, parks, recreation, built environment and non-profit professionals for interdisciplinary education and networking to promote healthy communities in Colorado. Learn more at the Colorado PHPR Collaborative website. The PHPR Collaborative hosts the PHPR Summit each winter and Get Out~Get Active Networking Socials in the Summer.
PHPR's Global Vision - We want Colorado communities that are healthy, active, happy and safe.
In November 2019, Jo Burns Connects was part of the multi-sector team who led and reported on the Colorado Rx for PRONTOS (short for Prescriptions for Parks, Recreation, Outdoors, Nature, Trails and Open Space) workshop: a convening of those invested in local parks, open space, healthcare, and the outdoors. All who gathered see the importance of nature’s ability to promote healthy bodies and minds. The workshop enabled the collection of information on the many prescription programs for parks, recreation, outdoors, nature, trails, and open space active and emerging across the state.
See the full Rx4PRONTOS report for the team's findings.