Center for Arts in Medicine

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Webinar Series

Six Free Webinars, November 2019 - April 2020


The national Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America initiative has recently released a white paper that presents a case for why cross-sector collaboration is critically needed to address the complex issues that limit health in the US. This white paper frames the value of arts and culture for advancing health and well-being in communities, and offers examples of impactful cross-sector collaborations that engage arts and culture to address five critical public health issues - collective trauma, racism, social isolation and exclusion, mental health, and chronic disease.

This webinar series will present program examples that address each of these issues as well as new resources for cross-sector collaboration and program building. 

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Webinar #1: Introducing the Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-sector Collaboration White Paper, Tuesday, November 12 from 2-3:00pm EST

The United States is experiencing heightened dialogue and debate on issues at the core of our collective health and wellbeing, such as trauma, racism, and mental health. Many of these issues tie directly to social and structural determinants of health, indicating that collective action is required to address them. In response, the national Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America initiative has recently released a white paper drawing on the views and consensus of more than 250 thought leaders from the public health, arts and culture, and community development sectors.

The paper presents a case for why cross-sector collaboration is critically needed to address the complex issues that limit health. This white paper frames the value of arts and culture for advancing health and well-being in communities, and offers examples of impactful cross-sector collaborations that engage arts and culture to address five critical public health issues - collective trauma, racism, social isolation and exclusion, mental health, and chronic disease - and inform the paper's recommendations and call to action.

This webinar will overview the initiative and the white paper, share impactful program models, and present new resources for cross-sector collaboration and program building. 

Presenters for this webinar include:

  • Danya Sherman is a consultant working nationally at the intersection of arts, community development, and social justice. She is a Senior Consultant on the Research Strategies team at ArtPlace America, and runs a consulting practice based in Boston. 
  • Jill Sonke is director of the University of Florida Center for the Arts in Medicine and Assistant Director of UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine. Her current research focuses on the arts in public health and the effects of music on emergency medicine.
  • Dr. Tasha Golden comes to her work as a public health researcher after a career as a singer/songwriter, and she now studies the impacts of arts, culture, and aesthetics on health and well-being. She also founded Project Uncaged—a trauma-informed, arts-based program for young women in the juvenile justice system.
  • Dr. Samantha Francois is an Assistant Professor at Tulane University’s School of Social Work with a specialization in adolescent development and vulnerability and resilience in African American populations. Dr. Francois’ research examines African American cultural assets that promote resilience in order to inform prevention and intervention approaches.
Webinar #2: Addressing Collective Trauma through Cross-sector Collaboration, December 10 from 2-3:00pm EST

Despite the clearly systemic, community-level nature of collective trauma, many health interventions to address community trauma focus on individual level treatments, such as providing access to individual mental health services. While these approaches are important, cross-sector collaborations can enhance these efforts with collective, place-based offerings that target upstream causes. Artistic and cultural expressions—from performances or exhibits to murals in public spaces—can reflect, magnify, clarify, or reimagine a community’s history and collective experience, including the traumas that have led to systemic inequities and health disparities.

This webinar will overview the issue of collective trauma and present practice models that demonstrate how cross-sector collaboration between the arts and culture and public health sectors can address collective trauma in communities. 

Presenters include:

  • Dr. Kelley Sams is Visiting Research Faculty at the University of Florida's Center for Arts in Medicine. Kelley's research takes place at the intersection of the social sciences, public health, and the arts, and engages ethnographic photography and other qualitative methods to study the circulation of public health initiatives in the US and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Dr. Joseph Claunch is the co-director of the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project, an organization with programs designed to help Zuni youth be active and engaged in the community and natural world. 
  • Roman Baca is the Artistic Director/Co-Founder of Exit 12 Dance Company, a contemporary dance company committed to creating and performing works of high cultural significance that inspire conversations about world differences and the lasting effects of violence and conflict on communities, families, and individuals.
  • Anthony Gonzalez is the Assistant Director of School Partnerships, Tours & Community Engagement at Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling in New York. The museum is a stimulating space for neighborhood families to gather and share in cultural programs, as well as a setting to actively address the educational needs of the community's youngest children. 

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Webinar #3: Addressing Social Isolation and Social Cohesion through Cross-sector Collaboration, January 14 from 2-3:00pm EST

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Webinar #4: Addressing Racism through Cross-sector Collaboration, February 11 from 2-3:00pm EST

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Webinar #5: Addressing Mental Health through Cross-sector Collaboration, March 10 from 2-3:00pm EST

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Webinar #6: Addressing Chronic Disease through Cross-sector Collaboration, April 7 from 2-3:00pm EST

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