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Creating Healthy Communities 2022 Convening

Our hearts are with our Southwest Florida family and friends as they recover from Hurricane Ian.

The Creating Healthy Communities 2022 Convening will continue as planned, in-person at the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando, FL, and online through the Guidebook app. Registrants will receive information on how to download the convening app to access travel information and program details by end of day Tuesday, October 4.

Creating Healthy Communities 2022 Convening

Presented by the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine

Hosted by the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation and the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

With the overarching goal of creating stronger, healthier, and more equitable communities through cross-sector collaboration, this convening will engage people working and thinking at the intersections of the arts, public health, and community development.  

Against a vibrant backdrop of arts and cultural practices, this two-day convening will provide opportunities for connection, dialogue, strategic thinking, and learning. This engaging event will feature diverse and effective practice, research and policy models from around the world, as well as provocations to advance innovation and progress for building healthier, more equitable communities in the United States. 

Conference Goals

  • To convene professionals from the arts, public health, and community development sectors
  • To share impactful program and practice models
  • To generate dialogue around key issues that impact health, well-being, and health equity, including social determinants and upstream drivers of health
  • To provoke ideation, innovation, and solutions to these issues
  • To strengthen partnerships between the arts, public health and community development sectors in the United States and beyond

Who Should Attend?

  • Artists, arts professionals, arts educators, arts activists, creative arts therapists, and arts researchers 
  • Public health, community health, global health healthcare, social services and human services professionals, educators, and researchers
  • Community builders, community development professionals, planners, architects 
  • Community members and organizers who advocate for the health of their communities
  • Social change agents, advocates, policy-makers, and funders in the arts, public health, and community development 
  • Educators, students, and researchers working at the intersections of arts and public health 

At a Glance

Creating Healthy Communities Convening
October 10 - 11, 2022


Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
445 S Magnolia Ave, Orlando, FL 32801

October 10, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
October 11, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm ET


Virtual Attendees will be able to stream ALL plenary sessions at the Convening, participate in live polls and real-time session discussions, network with in-person and virtual attendees, and have access to session recordings for 1 year.

October 10, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm ET (Break: 12:20 pm - 1:15 pm ET)
October 11, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (Break: 11:45 am - 1:10 pm ET)

COVID-19 Policies for Assessing and Mitigating Risk

The health and well-being of our attendees, presenters, and the Orlando community is our top priority.

We believe that a core tenet of public health is collective action for the common good, and we encourage attendees to take steps to protect the most vulnerable among us. 

Convening Coordinator Aly Maier Lokuta has completed the WHO COVID-19 Mass Gatherings Risk Assessment Training and will be actively monitoring, assessing, and mitigating risk for the spread of COVID-19 at this event.

COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies will include but not be limited to:

  • All attendees and presenters are encouraged to be vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 and the omicron variants. 
  • Participants and staff are encouraged to wear masks indoors.
  • Socially distanced seating will be available in Steinmetz Hall.
  • Outdoor areas will be available for meals provided during the convening.

Our latest Risk and Mitigation Assessment ranks the risk of this event as VERY LOW according to the WHO Risk Matrix.

We will monitor and adapt to the latest guidance as the event approaches and communicate if these guidelines change.

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