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Urban renewal in Cuba
A multi-sectoral intervention (1995-1999) in the inner-city of Central Havana, Cuba
Background:
  • 170,000 inhabitants in an area of 3.5 km2 (highest population density in the country)
  • High level of chronic disease and violence
Intervention: Housing, municipal infrastructure, and social and cultural activities.
Mixed-methods evaluation approach:
  • Interviews of key informants as well as community members
  • Extensive household survey pre-and post-intervention and a comparison community
  • Three community workshops to choose indicators for evaluating effectiveness and discuss findings
The key lessons learned:
  • Extensive community involvement enhances and gives credibility to the evaluation
  • Arts and culture are taken quite seriously
Publications
View some of our publications from this project.
Example of building
Cuban Group
Dancing
Tai Chi
Arts-Based Methods in Environmental Health Education
Major CIDA-funded partnership between 4 universities in Ecuador and UBC to “build capacity in environmental health”
Intervention:
  • Sociodrama to discuss environmental degradation in the Amazon attributable to Texaco-Chevron
  • Videography
Lessons learned
Lessons learned
The key lesson learned:
  • Researchers skilled in the arts and humanities are needed in these collaborations
Publications
View some of our publications from this project.
Antimicrobial resistance in Ecuador
Arts-based approach to addressing misuse of antimicrobial agents in Ecuador, as well as other environmental issues:
Background:
  • Major environmental health concerns
  • Health problem due to lack of knowledge, facilities, funds for proper dosages, access to healthcare as well as public misconceptions about antimicrobial drugs
  • In low and middle-income countries the transmission of bacteria is high due to social and environmental factors
Intervention:
  • Certificate program within ecosystem approach to health international collaboration, including role-play
  • Multiple community-based educational programs including puppet shows, photovoice and street parades with dance, music, circus arts and theatre
Person holding medication
 
Mixed-methods evaluation approach:
  • Numerous approaches
  • Including intervention controlled trial (one class of 9-10 year old girls received education about bacteria and the other on a completely different topic) with pre-versus-post survey testing knowledge and attitudes.
  • Also drawings
The key lessons learned:
  • Arts can be shown to be useful in community-based interventions
  • There is a useful role for art-based methods in evaluation
  • Researchers skilled in the arts and humanities are needed in these collaborations
Publications
View some of our publications from this project.
Qualitative
Qualitative
Tuberculosis and HIV stigma in Southern Africa
Background:
Healthcare workers in South Africa have among the highest rates of tuberculosis in the world, due to occupational exposures and compounded by stigma and denial
Intervention:
A cluster randomised controlled trial in 27 Free State hospitals to strengthen occupational health and infection control and to improve healthcare worker access to HIV and TB services in the workplace in accordance with new guidelines. The initiatives include:
  • Formal training program with projects
  • Workplace assessment training: using role-play as well as onsite practice with guide books
  • Sophisticated information system
  • Clinical support for identifying and treating
An important component of the project is stigma reduction. Combating stigma and denial required an arts-based approach.
Key lesson learned:
Complex problems need to be addressed – and evaluated – from the head, hands and heart.
Publications
View some of our publications from this project.
Social circus in Ecuador
Background:
  • Social circus uses circus arts for social justice and social good, with youth who are marginalized or at social or personal risk
  • Our interdisciplinary intercultural team combined arts and humanities with social and health sciences
Intervention:
Ecuador's social circus programs are currently offered to street-involved youth, as well as children from marginalized communities and adults with disabilities
 
Transdisciplinary Analysis
  • Context (history and political economy): Exploitation and poverty, and the new government philosophy of Buen Vivir, combined with the growing social circus movement worldwide, led to the launch of Circo Social Ecuador.
  • Pedagogy (Art education): Focusing on “social” over “circus”, democratic process over performance product, and group solidarity over individual achievement is what characterizes CS Ecuador
  • Partnerships (“Arts for Social Change” and other community-based practice)
  • Individual and Collective Experience (Ethnography/Cultural Theory)
  • Mental Health Survey (Quantitative health research- pre/post survey of 438 social circus participants with comparison group): Community arts engagement improves personal growth, social inclusion and social engagement, as well as attitudes and practice towards school completion, work, substance use, diet and physical fitness, among other indicators of physical and emotional health – with social circus, especially where a progressive vision is embraced, having significantly better outcome than other community arts activities, especially for those most in need.
  • Performative Inquiry (Arts-based research methods): Embodied exercises help reveal attitudes and feelings that are not easily expressed verbally. Our analysis in previous chapters was confirmed and deepened using these methods.
  • Photovoice
Performative Inquiry
Photovoice
Publications
View some of our publications from this project.
Insights from working with critical theorists
Two recent collaborations particularly informed this work:
Some of our publications from this project:
Some of our publications from this project:
Some of our publications from this project:
Selected publications from this project:
Some of our publications to date: