# 395 AHNC : What Does Art Have To Do With Health?
CHNET-Works! is pleased to collaborate with Arts Health Network Canada (AHNC) on this Fireside Chat.
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WHAT DOES ART HAVE TO DO WITH HEALTH?
A lot! Growing research and experience in Canada and abroad demonstrate that engagement with the arts can have significant benefits for the health of individuals and communities and the sustainability of health care systems as it can:
• Help manage persistent pain and other chronic conditions, including mental health challenges
• Improve communication between medical staff and patients, and among staff members
• Enhance research inquiry and dissemination
• Support the education of health professionals
• Address social and environmental issues and contribute to community development
• Reduce the use of pharmaceuticals
• Ease tension and fear during unpleasant or challenging medical treatments
• Reduce the cost and completion time for many medical procedures and increase successful completion rates
Join us for an overview of this exciting field and learn about three Canadian initiatives that are using the arts in:
• medical education (UNBC/UBC Northern Medical Program)
• community-based health promotion (Blue Print for Life – Social Work through Hip Hop)
• health care settings (Music Therapy at Baycrest)
Who should attend?
Arts & Health is a field that necessitates thoughtful interdisciplinary practice. Health care workers, health administrators, community-based artists, creative arts therapists and facilitators, social care providers, policy makers, researchers, evaluators, educators, and students will benefit from this introduction to arts and health in Canada.
Advisors on Tap:
|Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, MTA, MT-BC, FAMI is a Music Therapist, performer and vocal teacher. She has extensive clinical experience working in hospitals and nursing homes, including 15 years at Toronto’s Baycrest Centre, and has worked with a variety of clients including: adult psychiatry, palliative care, children, adults with cognitive impairments, Parkinson’s, and stroke. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Music and Health Research Collaboratory at the University of Toronto, Music Therapy Instructor & Graduate Supervisor at Wilfrid Laurier University, Senior Music Therapist/Practice Advisor at Baycrest and Past-President of the Canadian Music Therapy Association.|
|Sarah de Leeuw, PhD, is an Associate Professor with the University of Northern British Columbia's Northern Medical Program, a researcher with the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, and the Director of the new Health Arts Research Centre. Her research interests include health inequalities, colonial power, Indigenous peoples and artistic expressions as means of disrupting power imbalances. She is also a two-time CBC Literary Award wining creative writer whose recent book of poetry (Geographies of a Lover) won The Dorothy Livesay Award, an annual prize for the best book of poetry in BC.|
|Stephen Leafloor, MSW, is the founder of Blue Print for Life a program that uses Hip Hop as a community development tool and model for alternative education & healing. They have impacted approximately 5000 youth in over 70 projects carried out in remote First Nations and Inuit communities, as well as Canada’s Inner cities. Steve has over 25 years experience working with at risk youth. He was appointed as an Ashoka Fellow and honored as one of Canada’s top 45 over 45 by Zoomers Magazine.|
Kira Tozer, MPH, is the Knowledge Translation Coordinator for Arts Health Network Canada. Kira has worked with a number of health authority and university-based programs on projects related to community-based research, mental health promotion, stress management, workplace wellness and prison health. She also currently works as a professional voice actor, lending her speaking and singing voice to cartoons & animated films.
Related resources: www.artshealthnetwork.ca
Arts Health Network Canada is a non-profit organization that champions participation and engagement in the arts as a path to improved health, healing, and wellbeing for all Canadians. Arts Health Network Canada is the country’s primary arts and health knowledge sharing, networking and capacity building hub. AHNC engages health care professionals, artists, researchers, decision makers, and the broader public to promote and facilitate the development and growth of arts and health initiatives across Canada.