CULTURE
HEALTH &
WELLBEING
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND EXCHANGE

“I firmly believe that the arts can assist in addressing a number of difficult and pressing policy challenges including ageing, long-term conditions, loneliness and mental health. The arts can help keep us well and be part of creating a healthy society. The time has come to recognise the powerful contribution they can make to our health and wellbeing.” Lord Howarth of Newport

1I Young People and Wellbeing in different Global Health contexts

Dr Holly Crossen-White

Using the arts to consult a community about their health and wellbeing needs

Local commissioners of services require information to make decisions about what needs a community has and how these can best be met with limited funds. Traditionally decisions have been made based upon available written data such as population information and other records of service take-up. An innovative project sought to find a new way of establishing local needs. The project was developed through a partnership between local commissioners, charities and the arts and evaluated by researchers from Bournemouth University. This presentation will offer insights to how effective the arts can be when seeking to explore the health and wellbeing needs of a community.

 

Jenny Lee

Theatre for Health Promotion and Resilience Among Youth in Rural Florida

In partnership with the Division of Cultural Affairs and the Office of Rural Health, the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine has seeded arts in health programming in rural communities yielding positive outcomes. One aspect of the initiative is the Theatre for Health residency, which addresses risky or unhealthy behavior among youth. While in residence, the Theatre for Health team devises original works to rehearse healthy behavior. Through assessment, it is evident that health education is enhanced by the use of theatre with youth in schools in rural Florida. Needs assessment, pedagogical frameworks and outcomes will be shared.

 

Chris Nicholson

Music for the health and well-being of adolescents and young people living with HIV in Rwanda

This presentation will describe the use of music to promote the health and well-being of adolescents and young people living with HIV in Rwanda. Since 2011 Musicians without Borders has partnered with a Rwandan healthcare organization to embed musical approaches into support services for young patients, creating a program that provides access to clinical music therapy; therapeutic music groups facilitated by professional musicians; and peer-led community music-making. Working in such a context, in which the music therapist’s own culture is foreign, has demanded constant consideration of the practice, outcomes, and meaning that have emerged.

 

Amber Walls

Finding a shared language: A participatory research process used to design an arts-based youth mental health programme and evaluative framework

My presentation will share an inclusive research process used to engage young people, arts, health, and education practitioners in the critique and re-design of an arts-based youth mental health project. The process used participatory and theory-building methods to explore the project from multiple perspectives, test assumptions, and identify critical factors impacting on its effectiveness. It explored, in particular, young people’s experiences, and the different (contradictory) cultural perspectives on health/wellbeing at play in contemporary bi-cultural and multi-cultural New Zealand Aotearoa. The process has been adapted and used successfully by other local organisations, and is potentially of interest to the wider field.