Inspiring Health Justice

A collaborative art-science scholar-in-residence program

Inspiring Health Justice is a new partnership between Dillard University’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center and A Studio in the Woods.

The aim of this program is to bring the arts and public health together to address our region’s longstanding health disparities through creative, cross-disciplinary mentorship to focus the energy and passion of Dillard art students towards fostering health equity.

The 2021-2022 project will begin in September 2021 and end in April 2022. The aim of Inspiring Health Justice is to bring the arts and public health together to address our region’s longstanding health disparities through creative, cross-disciplinary mentorship, focusing the energy and passion of Dillard art students towards fostering health equity. Dr. Kristi Anderson will work with Dillard faculty members, Dr. Nancy Dixon and Dr. Zhang Wen and four Dillard Vocal and English students:  Karen Grant-Anderson, Zaria Ivory, William Shelton, and Nailah Starks.  They will create a program that will end with a mix of art, music and medicine that will highlight the talents and gifts of our residents as well as provide the audience and Dillard community with an understanding of how health disparities and inequities are situated within many of our communities and what we must do to be aware, be educated and be active.

During the Spring 2021 semester, Dr. Sacoby Wilson worked remotely with Dillard faculty members John Barnes and Keith Morris and four Dillard independent study students: Aaliyah Arnold, Hildevert Promesse Lafeuille, Jermaine Robinson, and Juwan Saint Charles to create film and art works about COVID-19 and health disparities in our region.