Project: Human Health

Human Health is University of Southern Denmark’s platform for interdisciplinary research into social and human factors for successful health communication and health intervention. Such knowledge is essential to enable the healthcare system to understand what it means to live with a disease and to communicate across human differences in terms of social and cultural background.

Human Health is a unique collaborative platform that brings together strong research environments across the humanities, health sciences and social sciences. While the overall aim of Human Health is to promote health and well-being and to reduce health inequalities, the aspiration of every Human Health research project is to ensure that knowledge of social and human factors become an integral part of health communication and healthcare interaction in the Danish healthcare system.

In a series of three lectures the Human Health platform invites distinguished and international collaborators within the field of health humanities to present and discus key approaches to successful health communication.

We are looking very much forward to presenting three exiting lectures with Paul Crawford, Peter Martin, and Timothy Skinner, focusing on central themes within health humanities’ research – using creative methods to support health literacy, enhancing health through skilled and effective communication, and understanding how best to help people with diabetes managing the dual demands of managing the disease and optimizing emotional-well-being

Human Health Leader Anna Paldam Folker

The first lecture airs on April 21. Paul Crawford, Professor and Director of the Centre for Social Futures, University of Nottingham, introduces the health humanities and its work to advance what he calls ‘creative public health’. The session will illustrate the possibilities of this exciting approach to the health of nations with a viewing and discussion of his latest project to create new animations to support mental health literacy.

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Program

April 21st: Health Humanities: What’s Up With Everyone? by Paul Crawford

In this lecture, Professor Paul Crawford at the University of Nottingham introduces the health humanities and its work to advance what he calls ‘creative public health’. The session will illustrate the possibilities of this exciting approach to the health of nations with a viewing and discussion of his latest project to create new animations to support mental health literacy among 17-24 year olds with the world-beating company Aardman (Shaun the Sheep, Wallace & Gromit, Chicken Run). The project, What’s Up With Everyone?, was produced against the backdrop of Covid-19 and yielded new and striking insights into the possibilities on new collaborations between health and creative industry sectors. The talk will be accompanied by a showing of the films and companion platform.

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May 5th: Healthy Conversations. How skilled conversations can enhance the health of both our community and our health workforce by Peter Martin

For decades there has been an emerging literature about the benefits of skilled effective communication to both patients, families, communities, and health care workers. This presentation will focus on the emerging benefits of these healthy conversations and postulate key approaches to narrowing the theory-practice gap that appears so established in our health systems.

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June 16th: Title to be announced. By Timothy Skinner

Abstract to be announced

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