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Project HEAL. The Artist as Catalyst for Change: Health Impact Assessment

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Edmonds T, Persad P et al

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Developed by a team of artists, curators, community activists, social innovators, health professionals and scientists, Project HEAL (Health. Equity. Art. Learning.) is a cultural blueprint for creative, just, healthy communities, and presents a model that could potentially be replicated across America. It is guided by the unifying principle that health is culturally created.

This report is presented in three sections:
• Framing Project HEAL by IDEAS xLAB
• Health Impact Assessment (HIA) executive summary by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) and IDEAS xLAB
• Full Health Impact Assessment (HIA) by LMPHW, IDEAS xLAB and the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky

The HIA is primarily aimed at decision-makers and funders in the three sectors of Community Development; Arts & Culture; and Health. The HIA focuses on 5 Social Determinants of Health (SDOH):
• Social Isolation, Social Cohesion
• Civic Engagement in Policy Making
• Educational Achievement Opportunity
• Economic Wellbeing
• Physical Environment

The HIA reports on three primary arts interventions and their impact. Positive impacts of Project HEAL include the following:
• Increased social cohesion toward improving equity in policy
• Enhanced academic performance among students
• Increased opportunities for social and economic wellbeing
• Reduction in targeted racism and its ensuing negative health outcomes
• Increased opportunity for improving the environmental health

Potential barriers to health benefits of Project HEAL:
• Preconceived notions of the arts and their intended audience / participants
• Funding
• Accessibility
• Regulation of outdoor advertising and land use
• Environmental health concerns

Evidence Type: Policy Document

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Edmonds, T., Persad, P., et al (2017) Project HEAL. The Artist as Catalyst for Change: Health Impact Assessment. United States: IDEAS xLab.