Arts & Healing Prospectus at the Rhode Island State Arts: A Public Health Approach to Quality Care

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4th Annual CSF Disorders Symposium: From Canvas to Clinic - Art & the Management of Cerebrospinal Fluid Disorders

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Department of Health have developed the first partnership of its kind in the Rhode Island State Arts and Health Plan. The plan puts forth a public health roadmap to advance the integration of arts and health in the state.

Once thought merely as way to make health care "pretty", beautifying hospital wings with murals, etc., art is becoming a more accepted method of true healing. According to a 2019 report put out by the RI State Arts and Health Network, the arts "can serve as a public health opportunity and intervention" in and of itself. Art has the ability to connect "social services, mental health, neurosciences, and other fields" to create holistic approaches to quality care in patients affected by a wide variety of conditions.

Mr. Steven Boudreau, co-chair of the RI State Arts and Health Network, describes the origins and goals of this project in this presentation-- the long-term goal being to set up a specialized center to fully express the health care goals of this art and health integration over time.

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This presentation was made at the 4th annual CSF Disorders Symposium held at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine of Brown University. The title of the meeting was "From Canvas to Clinic" and identified the important connections between art and medicine. (2019)

  Revised: 9/2019