Save the Date for the THLA AGM dinner!

It’s that time of year again! Save the date for the THLA Annual General Meeting and Dinner!

5:30 pm, Tuesday April 26, 2016save the date

C’est What, 67 Front Street East

Tickets will become available at the beginning of April

This year we are pleased to welcome Janet Parsons (Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital) and Clara Juando-Prats (Applied Health Research Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital) as our speakers for the evening.  Janet and Clara will share their recent research with their talk “The Colours of Perspective”

The Colours of Perspective

There is increasing interest in leveraging the arts as a way of creating and disseminating knowledge. In health care arts-based qualitative research methods are being used to explore the experiences of patients, families, providers and policy makers. Different artistic genres employed include those from the visual (e.g. painting, drawing, photography, film), literary (e.g. poetry and fiction) and performing arts (e.g. research-based drama, dance, music). Our presentation focuses on two projects which used the visual arts to explore the lived experiences of persons experiencing poverty and marginalization, as well as the people who care for them. The Picturing Foster Care study examined experiences of perinatal child custody loss amongst young parents living in extreme poverty. It used photo voice and storytelling methods to explore this issue from four different perspectives: young mothers, young fathers, child welfare professionals, and health care providers. Sketching Life is a study that grew out of Picturing Foster Care, and uses drawing and collage to explore the health experiences of young mothers and how they care for their children and for themselves in circumstances of poverty and vulnerability. Janet Parsons and Clara Juando-Prats will present the findings from these projects, sharing insights gained by engaging in this kind of participatory research, and highlighting the visual art produced during the course of the studies.

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