Sunday, October 7, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Separate Registration Required
NOAH Preconference: Exploring and Building the Intersections of the Arts and Public Health in the United States
Director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine, University of Florida (UF)
Over the past several decades, evidence has mounted to demonstrate that the arts have positive and measurable impacts on individual and community health. Arts in Health has become a recognized professional field and, throughout the United States, healthcare systems are embracing and utilizing the arts as a means for enhancing health systems and outcomes. While the arts are also widely used as a means for health education and wellness promotion in communities, their applications are under-investigated and inconsistently recognized in the public health sector. Overall, the theoretical and practical structures that inform the use of the arts in public health are not well defined and research on the topic is lacking. As a result, the arts remain a readily available, yet highly underutilized, resource in public health in the United States. The Arts in Health field is poised to transform public health as it has healthcare in recent years. With the overarching goal of creating stronger and healthier communities through the arts, a national initiative is being launched to bridge the arts and public health sectors. You are invited to be a part of this initiative. This pre-conference session is part of a series of events taking place across the country to explore and expand the intersections of the arts and public health. With a focus on wellness and health communication, we’ll utilize a structured, fun, and action-oriented format for sharing knowledge and practice, and for transforming public health through the arts. Individuals with all levels of experience in the arts, public health, higher education, healthcare, community development, or creative placemaking are welcome.
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH