USA - International Document

Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-Sector Collaboration [White paper].


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Chandra A, Clemmons L, Fakunle D, Francois S, Golden T, Hand J, Jackson M R, Magsamen S, Rubin V, Sams K, Sonke J, Springs S

Year of Publication:
2019

Publisher(s):
ArtPlace America, University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine

Publication Type:
Other Paper

Abstract:

The Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-sector Collaboration white paper presents the views of more than 250 thought leaders from the public health, arts and culture, and community development sectors who were convened in working groups in 2018 and 2019. Their voices are joined by over 500 participants in a national field survey and focus groups, and are supported by findings of a scoping review of arts + public health literature.

The United States is experiencing heightened dialogue and debate on issues at the core of our collective health and wellbeing, such as trauma, racism, and mental health. Many of these issues tie directly to social and structural determinants of health, indicating that collective action is required to address them. In response, this paper draws on the views and consensus of more than 250 thought leaders from the public health, arts and culture, and community development sectors to present a case for why collaboration is critically needed to address the complex issues that limit health. In particular, it calls for the public health sector to embrace arts and culture as a readily available resource and partner in advancing health, well-being, and equity in America.

With the public health sector as a primary intended audience, this paper frames the value of the arts and culture for advancing health and well-being in communities. It offers examples and recommendations for expanding cross-sector collaboration and innovation, with the following goals: Advance collaboration among those working at the intersections of art and culture, public health, and community development; Stimulate upstream interventions—aimed at systems, cultures, and policies—that reduce barriers to health and well-being; Assert the value of arts and culture for increasing health, wellbeing, and equity in communities; Foster transformative social change that advances health and wellbeing. This paper is also intended to offer value and guidance to community development, arts and culture, and other allied health sectors by providing models and trajectories for collaboration.



Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Sonke, J., Golden, T., Francois, S., Hand, J., Chandra, A., Clemmons, L., Fakunle, D., Jackson, M.R., Magsamen, S., Rubin, V., Sams, K., Springs, S. (2019). Creating Healthy Communities through Cross-Sector Collaboration [White paper]. University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine / ArtPlace America.