The Institute for Arts and Health promotes the use of the arts for the health and well being of all individuals in educational, community, and institutional settings. Group members will connect in a rich and creative group process to access, express and share stories embodying a personal and communal experience with story and the arts while learning about the most recent research and topical developments in the emerging field of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice CAIP.
Throughout all these activities there was an awareness for this researcher, of unhelpful splits between the various arts practitioners working within the arena of healthcare settings as well as competition for funding amongst some arts practitioners and some funding bodies refusing funds to some types of arts interventions within healthcare settings.
To achieve this goal, and to provide the necessary communication channels for research and information, individuals were identified and organizations interested in arts in health, training and education were contacted personally to ask if they might like to access a web based newsletter that featured articles about the creative arts as applied across disciplines.
You could combine politics and policy studies with nutrition for careers in health policy, combine sport coaching with media and communication and become a sports commentator, or match food studies with journalism to become a food blogger or restaurant reviewer.
The definition for health is taken from the commonly used World Health Organisation definition of health whereby health is a complete state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (World Health Organisation, 1946).