My creative endeavors brings together insights from geography and health humanities to explore and address health disparities. I also use digital technologies to create opportunities to engage and share insights and perspectives of individuals committed to health equity. Through field research experiences I have come to appreciate storytelling as an opportunity to understand the nuance of health experiences and to make meaningful connections. I firmly believe the arts and multimedia storytelling offer opportunities for health research to ensure diverse experiences, perspectives, and insights are included in broader dialogues on health equity. From engaging with the digital health community in the San Francisco Bay Area, I have observed significant oversights in how the digital health community frames humanistic concepts like intimacy, empathy, and bioethics. Moreover, health technologists take a relatively unidimensional approach to address health disparities and related issues through their software and apps. Finally, I am excited by developments in health humanities research on health disparities demonstrate an awareness for a broader understanding of the social determinants of health. Research on race, gender, and social justice applications of health humanities work has been especially critical for giving voice to diverse perspectives and experiences that are often times overlooked. It has also offered opportunities to address complex factors contributing to health disparities, including the significance of place.
Click on the images below to read about and view my projects, StoryBridge and Speaking out Minds, which bring together these different foci.