Recent Work

September 27, 2018

Brains on Canvas — Reflective Art by our Northern Medical Program Students

This spring, the Health Arts Research Centre staff was involved in a Northern Medical Program student-led project entitled Brains on Canvas. This project was the result of UBC’s FLEX curriculum, a mandatory research component of the Medical Undergraduate program for students in years 1, 2, and 4.​ The project team includedfirst-year medical students Daveen Panesar, Deanna Klonarakis, and Nick Broc​her, Dr. Alina Constantin, Assistant Director of Anatomy with the NMP, and Charis Alderfer-Mumma, a board-certified Art Therapist and …

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June 11, 2018

Envisioning Health with Nadleh Whut’En

The Health Arts Research Centre is very excited to share about a recently developed partnership project with Dr. Terri Aldred, Indigenous Family Physician, and the northern BC community of Nadleh Whut’En. ​The “Envisioning Health with Nadleh Whut’En” project began in the spring of 2018 and will gather monthly over the coming year, employing arts, community- and strengths-based approaches to explore what optimal health and wellness means to community members of all ages. Evening gatherings include socializing around a meal and participating in individual and group expression through a variety of …

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“Me, My Future, My Health” Colouring Book Project

This spring, the Health Arts Research Centre, Prince George Native Friendship Centre and First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) worked together to gather and highlight Indigenous youth artwork in a colouring book provided to attendees of the FNHA Northern Regional Caucus. The multi-day caucus brought together Indigenous Knowledge Holders and Elders and northern BC healthcare leaders to discuss accomplishments, needs, strengths and goals related to health and healthcare services in northern …

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April 23, 2018

New Publications: The Lancet and The Canadian Geographer

We are pleased to share two recent publications by Dr. Sarah de Leeuw: Writing as righting: Truth and reconciliation, poetics, and new geo-graphing in colonial Canada and Challenges in health equity for Indigenous peoples in Canada by Sarah de Leeuw, Margaret Greenwood and Nicole Lindsay.  Take a moment to delve into these arts-based research informed pieces as we as Canadians navigate our collective responsibility within reconciliation.  As de Leeuw says in Writing as righting, ”Undertaking logical, linear, or even coherent …

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Research Poster: What’s Happening to Me? Exploring Transformation in Medical Education Through Poetry

We are very pleased to share the work of Victoria Bass, a student of the Southern Medical Program at UBC. In a true example of the meeting point bewteen art and medicine she has designed a research poster, What’s Happening to Me? Exploring Transformation in Medical Education Through Poetry. An intersection of autoethnography, poetic inquiry and grounded theory, Bass uses graphic means to capture the journey of transformation to becoming a physician. Go Victoria! Victoria Bass is a …

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January 23, 2018

How We Die in Canada by Caroline Shooner

It’s with great pleasure that we are sharing the newly completed thesis How We Die in Canada by HARC committee advisor, Caroline Shooner, a family physician based in Haida Gwaii. She undertakes the challenging terrain posed to physicians by the topic of medically assisted suicide through a literary analysis of All My Puny Sorrows written by Canadian author Miriam Toews, and inquires into the complexity of patient and caregiver narratives when facing this …

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