Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Open to Conference Attendees Only
The Arts Impacting Patient Experiences
DC Regional Director, Only Make Believe
Performance Coordinator of the Creative and Therapeutic Arts Services (CTAS), Children's National Health System
Co-Creator, Graceful Passages
President, Rollins & Associates, Inc.
, Clinical Psychologist
8:00 AM—8:15 AM Can You Hear Me Baby? A Social Impact Theatre Initiative to Empower Parents and Health Professionals For Healthier Pregnancies, Births, and Bonding
Will provide an overview of a musical theatre initiative created to inspire, inform, and connect community stakeholders to catalyze conversations & support more empowering & healthy choices. Findings in neuroscience tell us that arts-infused experiences can provide a portal through which new perspectives can be effectively communicated & shared for healthier outcomes. We will share results from our initial community experiments in New York State.
8:15 AM –8:30 AM Impacting the Mind, Body & Spirit of Pediatric Patients Via Theatre
Only Make Believe will summarize our various interactive theatre program models for chronically ill and disabled children, integrating imaginative play and educational curriculum benchmarks for children in special education programs. Children’s National Health System will showcase and summarize the impact of interactive performances for patients, families, and healthcare staff.
8:30 AM—8:45 AM Being Heard: Empathetic Artistic Interpretations of the Personal Journeys of Young People with Serious Illness
Empathy in healthcare settings influences the quality of care. Is there a role for artists in creating more empathetic environments to help patients feel understood? To help to answer this question, two professional artists were asked to create two- dimensional artwork and accompanying narratives based on eight young people’s journeys. This presentation reports research findings regarding the impact of the project on participants and the artists.