2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

Arts in Medicine

Research and Practice at University of Florida Health

Sunday, October 29, 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Marquette A

Organized by Grantmakers in the Arts.

Moderated by Janet Brown, President & CEO, Grantmakers in the Arts. Presented by Christina Mullen, Director, UF Health Arts in Medicine; and Jill Sonke, Director, University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine.

The University of Florida Health is among many institutions that support the arts as a means for enhancing healthcare. The field of arts in health is experiencing rapid growth and definition, with arts programs established today in at least half of healthcare institutions in the United States. This presentation will explore the practical linkages between the arts and health, looking at the Arts in Medicine Programs at the University of Florida as an example of a comprehensive and leading program in the field. It will also present examples of the program’s research, including recent outcomes of a randomized control trial study of how live preferential music effects pain medication usage and cost of care in emergency medicine, and the development of a set of indicators for assessing how arts participation is associated with well-being at the community level. Resources developed through the research projects will be shared.