In the Loop
Student Stories : Dec 15, 2017

Student Spotlight: Aly Maier

Aly Maier is a current graduate student in the Center for Arts in Medicine’s Master of Arts in Medicine program. She will be completing her capstone and graduating in the spring of 2018. She currently serves as Program Coordinator for Arts for Health Florida and Administrative Assistant for the National Organization for Arts in Health (NOAH). She also recently traveled to Rwanda on an arts in health outreach trip.

Arts for Health Florida is a statewide resource for arts in health practitioners. They provide professional development opportunities through symposia, workshops, and webinars relating to patient care, healing environments, caring for caregivers, community well-being, and improving empathy and observation through medical education. 

Since starting as Program Coordinator in May 2017, Maier has completed a strategic plan for the organization, secured a major funding grant, planned multiple webinars, and is currently planning their annual symposia. They are excited to present a two-day symposia about caring for caregivers on April 30 and May 1, 2017 at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. More info to come at www.artsforhealthflorida.org.

Maier credits the strategic planning, program planning and grant writing experience she gained from the masters program as instrumental in allowing her to execute the demands of the position. 

Maier has also recently joined the staff at the National Organization for Arts in Health. As Administrative Assistant, she will be helping the director and Board of Directors to achieve their three major goals: 

1. Assembling a group of Arts in Health research professionals to prepare a meta-analysis of credible research in the field and provide members with standardized tools to conduct best practice Arts in Health research.

 2. Sponsoring an Arts in Health stakeholders meeting of field leaders from across the nation to identify need areas and shared priorities.

 3. Working in partnership with the Arts in Healthcare Certification Commission to develop resources and certification for Arts in Health professionals.

NOAH is currently having an end-of-year donation drive, where donated funds will be matched! More info at www.thenoah.net.

In November 2017, Maier travelled to Rwanda as part of an interdisciplinary group of artists lead by Director of Center for Arts in Medicine Jill Sonke. Maier says the experience was incredible and life-changing.

"I had the honor to be invited by Jill Sonke to be part of a two-person visual art team," she said. "We helped facilitate restoration of a mural originally designed by Lily Yeh, and we designed and painted a health-promotion mural at a local clinic which illustrates family planning tools and techniques. I was so inspired by the journey and hope to return to Rwanda with Jill again next year."

Currently, Maier is completing an internship at Brooklyn’s Kings County Hospital, piloting arts in medicine program for nurses. She is hoping to take what she learns from the internship to help her execute her capstone project, which will be a similar program at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.  Maier will be researching whether participating in arts in medicine activities increases quality of work life and job satisfaction for nurses at Moffitt. 

Of her experience in the program and future in the field, Maier said, "I fully credit the program, the coursework and connections to my current success in the field, and am excited to continue to engage with the field through my roles at Arts for Health Florida and NOAH."