Creative Trails Programming Through Public-Private Partnerships

This webinar will discuss the Gwinnett Trails (Gwinnett County, Georgia) partnership with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Strong4Life wayfinding and activation strategy to encourage and inspire children to build resilience, manage stress, and cope with challenges.

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August 17, 2023

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:30 PM (Eastern Time)


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Webinar Outline

Utilizing a holistic community-based planning approach in partnership development, public engagement, and park programming, the Gwinnett Trails Team will discuss the Gwinnett Trails (Gwinnett County, Georgia) partnership with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Strong4Life wayfinding and activation strategy to encourage and inspire children to build resilience, manage stress, and cope with challenges. This session will feature key information on how to identify partnerships, develop programming initiatives, and incorporate health and wellness inspiration to support children of all ages. The Gwinnett Trails and CHOA partnership can serve as a model and learning opportunity on how trails organizations can engage local partners and advance mutually beneficial initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify suitable community partners with similar equity considerations, public benefit values, and implementation timelines.
  • Understand signage and placement considerations, including scale, density, visibility, and existing infrastructure.
  • Consider the role trails play within health and wellness for kids of all ages and emerging issues surrounding mental health awareness.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

Webinar Resources

  • Presenter Presentation – Gwinnett Trails and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (pdf)
  • Gwinnett Trails Website
  • Gwinnett Trails Countywide Trails Master Plan (pdf)
  • Strong 4 Life Website
  • Strong 4 Life Raising Resilience Website
  • Live Healthy Gwinnett Website
  • New Campaign Encourages Mental Health Breaks at Gwinnett Parks (video)
  • Introduction to Raising Resilience (video)
  • Eye on Gwinnett Segment (video)
  • Braille Trail at Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Georgia (video)

    Webinar Partners


    Beth (Tucker) Smith, AICP, Urban Planning/Designer, Bihl Engineering, LLC
    Sugar Hill, Georgia

    Beth (Tucker) Smith, AICP, brings a wide base of planning and urban design from working with both the land use and transportation planning groups at Kimley-Horn (her previous firm) and with Bihl Engineering. She has a robust understanding of how to connect and integrate land use patterns/urban design principles with transportation infrastructure to create great places. Beth has used her planning knowledge to engage varying audiences on a spectrum of projects and settings, from small municipalities to large urban cores and from groups of four stakeholders to hundreds of concerned residents. She was the deputy project manager for the Gwinnett Countywide Trails Master Plan and is currently leading program management for implementation of the Gwinnett Trails vision—including the design of the system’s wayfinding and signage suite. Beth has worked throughout the Southeast and across the country on a variety of projects, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Transportation Connections Study, a 5-year study that provided recommendations for how to best connect the nation’s 101 urban National Wildlife Refuges to their nearby communities via multimodal transportation facilities. She is a Double Dawg from the University of Georgia and lives in Gwinnett County with her husband Jason, daughter Madeleine, and two dogs, Chewie and Leia.


    Jody Baumstein, Child Advocacy Program Specialist, Behavioral and Mental Health, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Jody Baumstein, LCSW, is a licensed therapist on the Strong4Life team at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In her current role, she develops behavioral and mental health messaging, content, and programming. She also serves as the primary media expert, appearing in national and local news spots speaking on topics related to youth mental health. Prior to joining Children’s, she oversaw a school-based counseling program, which provided on-site therapeutic services and created trauma-informed learning environments. She has worked with youth and families in a variety of settings, including outpatient clinics, residential programs, in-home and schools. In her clinical practice outside of Children’s, she is currently focused on treating adults dealing with depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns.


    Lindsey Jorstad, Deputy Department Director, Gwinnett County Department of Community Services
    Lawrenceville, Georgia

    Lindsey Jorstad works to engage, collaborate, and support Gwinnett County’s diverse residents, workforce, volunteers, and partners. As a founding member of Gwinnett’s community-wide health initiative, Live Healthy Gwinnett, she takes a proactive wellness approach to address preventable chronic illnesses that impact residents. In 2019, Lindsey was recognized as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and National Recreation and Park Association’s Health Equity Awardee. As an advocate for positive youth development and diverse out-of-school time programs, she is identified by the National AfterSchool Association as a Next Generation of Afterschool Honoree who eliminates service barriers to expand resources for food access, healthcare, early learning, mental wellness, and sustainable partnerships. A true parks and rec kid, she has grown up utilizing community assets and strives to ensure all children and adults have the same opportunities to explore nature, discover social skills, adopt healthy habits, and give back to their community.


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    • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
    • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) (most HSW approved)
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