The Health Arts Research Centre

The Health Arts Research Centre (HARC) is intended as part of an integrated response to an identified need for a knowledge centre dedicated to renewing health in Northern BC through creative, geographically, and socio-culturally specific means and as an agent for building capacity to bring that knowledge into practice, especially in the North, and especially for First Nations.  Purpose: Four primary principles guide the vision, relationships and work of HARC:  1. Respectful and reciprocal relationships with multiple and diverse communities, 2. Thinking creatively about health disparities in the North, 3. Merging artistic ways of knowing and being with health and medical paradigms, 4. Producing new spaces for innovative and creative knowledge about well-being.  This is a research centre that also provides project opportunities to bring northern Indigenous peoples/knowledge/communities into dialogue with undergraduate medical and other health-focused students in order to build.  Participants: HARC provides opportunities to bring northern Indigenous peoples/knowledge/communities into dialogue with undergraduate medical and other health-focused students.  Outcomes: Improved health for Northern and specifically Northern Indigenous peoples and communities in British Columbia.

Framework/Philosophy: We are a group of learners, researchers and collaborators from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and experience, who are interested in synergistic and creative ways to interrogate the determinants of health disparities in the north, and to engage in strengths-based visioning and action to address the revival of health, healing and well-being in northern communities.

Partners: National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH); Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
Time: October 2012 – ongoing
Location: Prince George
Art Modalities: We are open to all arts-based research methods and projects - but have committed to having an "expert" in the genre before we employ the genre.

Contact:
University of Northern British Columbia & University of British Columbia
Faculty of Medicine
Principal Investigator: Sarah de Leeuw
Email info@healtharts.ca | Web:  http://healtharts.ca  | Phone: 1-250-960-5438

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