Health and Humanities: Narrative Medicine, Equity and Diversity, and Community Practice

Pop-Up Institute’s website

The Medical Humanities Pop-Up Institute will convene scholars affiliated with the Humanities Institute and the Dell Medical School to conduct an interdisciplinary exploration of the impact of humanistic approaches to medicine on patients and healthcare workers. The Institute will be organized around three fields of inquiry: (i) Narrative Medicine/Narratives of Medicine, which will address how effective care, including communication of illness and disease in ways that impact the success of treatment, requires the ability to tell and recognize stories and narratives; (ii) Humanistic Approaches to Equity and Diversity, which will address how humanities training can further medical inquiry into health disparities, increase cultural competency, and integrate non-Western and biomedical practices of care; and, (iii) Community Practice, which will address how the medical humanities can foster partnerships with community organizations in order to develop a more caring society, including increased support for healthcare workers. In order to foster a sustainable, coordinated medical humanities program at UT, the Pop-Up Institute aims to address the need to measure the objective health outcomes of humanistic approaches to medicine with regard to patients, patient communities, and the medical community itself.

Pop-Up Institute Leader

Pauline Strong, Ph.D.
Director, Humanities Institute
Professor, Department of Anthropology, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
College of Liberal Arts

Principal Team

Phillip J. Barrish, Ph.D.
Department of English, College of Liberal Arts

Virginia A. Brown, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Population Health, Dell Medical School

Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, Center for Mexican American Studies, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Theodore Held, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Women’s Health, Dell Medical School

Barbara Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Health Affairs
Professor, School of Social Work

Madhavi Mallapragada, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Radio-Television-Film, Moody College of Communication
Department of Asian Studies, Center for Asian American Studies, College of Liberal Arts

Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of History, College of Liberal Arts

James W. Pennebaker, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Executive Director, Project 2021

David Ring, M.D.
Associate Dean for Comprehensive Care
Professor, Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care
Dell Medical School

Stephen Sonnenberg, M.D.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Architecture, School of Architecture
Resident Fellow, Humanities Institute, College of Liberal Arts

Steve Steffensen, M.D.
Learning Health System, Dell Medical School

Chelsi West Ohueri, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Community Engagement and Health Equity
Population Health, Dell Medical School