The Healthy Village
OHIO’s Immersive Healthcare Theater
The Healthy Village is founded on the idea that professionals in Theater and Healthcare have a lot to teach each other about:
• The transformational power of storytelling
• Bearing witness to the challenges and triumphs of the human condition
• Holding space for ambiguity, empathy, and reflection
The Healthy Village is an interdisciplinary program supporting the production of theater, visual and audio storytelling, and other arts-based projects to help artists and healthcare professionals develop social skills in real-time problem solving, communication, and advocacy toward community wellbeing.
The Healthy Village applies techniques from theater to train students in OHIO’s College of Health Sciences and Professions and Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. As a result, healthcare professionals enhance their clinical training with arts-based methods for improving patient advocacy, interprofessional teamwork, and communication.
Learn more about the program’s components below!
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Students heading into healthcare careers benefit from new theater class offered through CoArts’ The Healthy Village
For two years, Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts faculty have partnered with faculty in the College of Health Sciences and Professions (CHSP) to offer Interprofessional Healthcare through Creative Arts, a class offered through The Healthy Village and designed to prepare students for healthcare-related careers by applying theater arts techniques.
Anna M. Kerr, Merri Biechler, Ulyana Kachmar, Bradley Palocko, Tracy Shaub. (2018) Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver Palliative Educational Program: Using Readers’ Theater to Teach End-of-Life Communication in Undergraduate Medical Education. Health Communications.
Anna M. Kerr, Ulyana Kachmar, Bradley Palocko, Merri Biechler, Tracy Shaub.
(2021) “Confessions of a Reluctant Caregiver” Palliative Educational
Program: The Results of a Survey Assessing Physicians’ Perceptions of
Drama-Based Education for End-of-Life Care. Journal of Cancer Education.