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Creating Health and Wellbeing through Creative Endeavour(s)

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The BSA South-Coast Medical Sociology Study Group are delighted to announce the next regional symposium; Creating Health and Wellbeing

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Speaker 1: Exploring the relationship between attendance of a local art activity upon participant perceptions of their health, wellbeing and identity.

Cindy Brooks (University of Southampton)

There is increasing recognition of the value of artistic and creative practices in enhancing health, wellbeing and quality of life. Yet the potential benefits of such practices is contingent to their availability, accessibility and the extent to which they engage and involve individuals in society.

To contribute to this discussion, this presentation reports early findings of a study exploring the relationships between regular attendance of a local art activity upon participation perceptions and experiences of their health, wellbeing and identity. Using participatory ethnographic methods, the study seeks to understand the psycho-social, economic and environmental factors which shape participation and engagement in art activity.

The principle researcher will also report on her reflections as both artist and attendee of the art activity, as well as researcher. It is anticipated that the study may provide relational, contextual and reflective insights; identifying the key features which contribute to the establishment and sustenance of the art activity locally. Additionally, findings from the study may provide a site for further comparative research of other local artistic and creative activities.

Speaker 2: Transforming our understanding of how social, cultural and community assets can support our mental health.

Dr Louise Baxter (University College London)

In 2018, the UKRI funded eight new research networks focussing on mental health, as part of the Cross-Council Mental Health Plus call to further research into this area.

The MARCH network focuses on social, cultural and community assets- which include the arts, culture, heritage sites, libraries, green space, community centres, social clubs and volunteer groups- and the role they play in enhancing public mental health and wellbeing, preventing mental illness and supporting those living with mental health conditions. There are an estimated 1 million of these assets in the UK. The MARCH network proposes that these Assets build Resilient Communities and therefore lie at the heart of Mental Health (M-ARC-H).

In the first year since the launch, the MARCH network has been leading a number of research activities in this field. Among these we have undertaken a consensus exercise to identify evidence gaps in the field, a Citizen Science project in conjunction with the BBC to understand the barriers and facilitators of creative participation in the general population, and large-scale qualitative studies examining the barriers and facilitators to participation in social, cultural and community assets, for people with lived experience and for the community and voluntary sector.

In this talk, the work and aims of the MARCH network will be presented, including preliminary findings from one of the qualitative studies.

Speaker 3: Building an interface between art and data science for health and wellbeing.

Dr Aristea Fotopoulou (University of Brighton)

The adoption of personalised digital health environments (e.g. self-management mobile apps), big data (e.g. surveillance of infectious outbreaks) and AI algorithms that inform decisions about social and health care (e.g. IBM Watson Health for social care management) all raise important issues about data and privacy today. Meanwhile, health promotion and communication have also moved to a digitised age, with health organisations using texts and social media in order to educate about health risks and prevention. But what opportunities are offered to develop new arts-based, participatory public health strategies for health and wellbeing in the era of datafication and digital health?

This talk reports on a new project that aims to enhance public engagement with health data through art practice. More specifically, the project explores how art and creativity can enable health literacy and data science skills amongst socioeconomically disadvantaged communities to reduce health inequalities. It is anticipated that the research will build a participatory interface that involves creativity and use of data to improve health and wellbeing, while allowing audiences and participants to reflect on the ethical, social, and political and cultural issues of big data and personalised medicine.

Guest speakers

Cindy Brooks (University of Southampton)

Cindy Brooks is a Research Fellow and Medical Sociologist at the School of Health Sciences and at the NHS Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN). Cindy’s research interests are combining sociological theory with qualitative and mixed methods research to explore and improve the experiences of patients, their families and health and social care professionals.

Louise Baxter (University College London)

Louise Baxter is a Research Associate in Mental Health in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health, University College London. She works as part of the MARCH mental health research network, focusing on barriers to community participation.

Aristea Fotopoulou (University of Brighton)

Aristea Fotopoulou is recipient of a UKRI/AHRC Leadership Fellowship and Principle Lecturer in Media and Communications at the University of Brighton. She currently leads ART/DATA/HEALTH: Data as creative material for health and wellbeing (2019-2021), a research project that aims to help communities think about health and wellbeing through data science and art.

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