NCCAH Presents: The Fine Arts of Health
From its earliest inception, and witnessed in the Latin roots of the word as “the art of healing,” medicine has always been understood as both a science and an art.
Increasingly, the broader concept of health is also being understood as resting on both the sciences and the arts in order to be fully optimized. The arts and humanities, and their associated methods and methodologies, are thus finding their ways into health and healthcare education, research and practice.
This Fireside chat presentation, which will encourage participant questions at the end, explores intersections between medicine, health, the creative arts, and the humanities.
The presentation considers three areas where healthcare and health education, research, and practices are drawing upon the arts and humanities:
First - the role of creative arts and humanities in medical and health education.
Second -the potential of creative arts and humanities for health researchers.
Third - the potential of the creative arts and the humanities as means of addressing persistent health inequalities in Canada, including divisions between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.
The presentation highlights a variety of creative and community projects, including a recent book of essays about health care provides in northern British Columbia, a research project in a small northern First Nations community that involved making art, and teaching about and through creative and critical writing in a faculty of medicine.
Advisor on Tap:
Dr. Sarah de Leeuw
Dr de Leeuw is a human geographer and creative writer, an assistant professor in UNBC’s Northern Medical Program, the Faculty of Medicine at UBC
Dr de Leew is a two-time recipient of a CBC Literary Award in Creative Non-Fiction (“Columbus Burning” 2008. “Quick-quick. Slow. Slow.” 2009).
In addition to being the author of two books of essays, Unmarked: Landscapes Along Highway 16 (NeWest Press, 2004) and Front Lines: Portraits of Care Givers in Northern British Columbia (Creekstone Press, 2011), as well as a book of poetry (Geographies of a Lover, NeWest 2012), she was recently a contributing editor to the book Health Inequalities in Canada: Intersectional Frameworks and Practices (UBC Press, 2011).
Her academic research and creative writing, which very broadly consider issues of social justice and relationships between place and people's well-being, particularly in marginalized, northern, or rural geographies, appears in a number of journals and edited collections, including: The Canadian Geographer, The Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Fiddlehead, Wascana, Unfurled: Collected Poetry from Northern B.C. Women, Children’s Geographies, The SAGE Handbook of Social Geographies, The Journal of Aboriginal Health, A Companion to Social Geography (Wiley/Blackwell), The Canadian Journal of Native Education, Human Geography, The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, The Canadian Family Physician, The Claremont Review, The Inner Harbour Review, and The International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.
Dr Leeuw is a Research Associate with the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health and serves on the editorial boards and collectives of The Canadian Geographer, ACME: An International Journal of Critical Geographies, and Emotion, Space, and Society.
Participants are encouraged to review this article:
Art and Wellness: The Importance of Art for Aboriginal Peoples' Health and Healing.
Resources mentioned in the presentation:
Please contact the NCCAH for more information::
LAKE: A Journal of the Arts and Environment, special issue on Indigenous peoples, health and place
Art and wellness: the importance of art for Aboriginal peoples' health and healing