This inter-disciplinary grouping will explore the relationship between the arts/design and public health at personal and societal levels. As producer of the Discovery Channel documentaries Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm and Surfing the Healthcare Tsunami: Bring Your Best Board, he travelled the world capturing compelling stories and developing them into acclaimed television shows that have inspired positive change in the healthcare industry.
In addition to many advances made in mental health services, the arts are used to treat and educate communities about risk, prevention and care for wide ranging public health, environmental and medical issues including obesity, asthma, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease, dementia, palliative care, hospice services, and violence as a health epidemic.
ACAH is an organisation with outstanding international connections and stands alongside peak bodies in the UK (National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing); EU (Long Live Arts); USA (National Organisation for Arts Health, National Center for Creative Aging); Canada (Arts Health Network Canada).
The ethnodrama itself is the written play script consisting of dramatized significant selections of narrative which may be derived from interview transcripts, participant observation, field notes, journal entries, personal memories….” (Saldaña, 2011 pg. 13).
Overall, the impression of this author, after years in the field, was that the service user’s arts preferences and needs were being neglected, due to arts practitioners focus on their own practice needs and recognition of their identity within the diverse field.