The Institute for Arts and Health promotes the use of the arts for the health and well being of all individuals in educational, community, and institutional settings.
Clinical expressive arts therapy and non-clinical applications of the arts are used in educational, medical, and a wide variety of community programs. In addition to many advances made in mental health services, the arts are used to treat and educate communities about risk, prevention and care for wide ranging public health, environmental and medical issues including obesity, asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease, dementia, palliative care, hospice services, and violence as a health epidemic. The arts are increasingly being used to help active duty military service members, veterans, their families and caregivers address health disabilities stemming from their service.
Personal expression through creativity and the arts has been proven to access the body, mind, spirit and heart continuum in the process of healing and recovery. Increasingly attention is being given to the value of the arts in enhancing job satisfaction and the well being of professional and family caregivers. Across the nation more medical schools are offering arts initiatives in the training and continuing professional development of medical practitioners toward a goal of increasingly compassionate and empathic treatment, which is proving to result in cost effectiveness and increased patient satisfaction.
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