Jill Sonke, Director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at UF and Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine, was awarded a $12,000 grant from the Warrington College of Business to bring a group of students with her to Uganda in May and June for research assistance.
The research will investigate the relationship between visual literacy, health literacy and health-related spending in Uganda in order to define and disseminate best practices in using the arts for health literacy in developing communities. This project will primarily take place in and outside of Kampala, Uganda, from May 25 to June 13, 2014. Partnered with several universities in East Africa, including Makerere University in Uganda, the team will present a two-week intensive training program on using the arts in medicine in public health in East Africa from June 2-12, 2014. This program will gather leaders from East Africa, Europe and the U.S. as presenters and participants.
Sonke intends to present her research findings at the 2015 Arts in Medicine for Global Communities Intensive at Makerere University and at the 2015 Global Alliance Health conference in the U.S.