My research examines the intersection of geography, health narratives, and feminist perspectives to emphasize marginalized and overlooked health experiences. I recently launched StoryBridge, a health humanities community-based participatory research project that partners with community organizations and public health workers. Focusing on Bay Area health disparities, StoryBridge seeks to understand key barriers to health and health care by collecting and disseminating personal health narratives. Developed in collaboration with local artists who facilitate storytelling workshops, the narratives are intended to benefit affected community members and serve as an educational resource for medical and public health professionals. Research support for StoryBridge came from San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Health 2.0 San Francisco's Project Zygote pre-accelerator.
Like StoryBridge, my recent publications focus on the importance of health narratives for giving voice to marginalized experiences and subjectivities. My writings also address ethical considerations for digital health technologies and creative methodologies with marginalized populations. In 2017, Routledge published Writing Intimacy Into Feminist Geography, which I co-edited with Pamela Moss. This edited volume includes my chapter “Accelerating Intimacy? Digital Health and Humanistic Discourse,” (2017) which problematizes the use of humanistic discourse in digital health applications, as well as claims from the tech sector that digital health applications can promote accessibility and greater connections between patients and health providers. My most recent publication, “Geo-Humanities and Health: An Inherent and Necessary Ethics of Care” under review with GeoHumanities, asserts the importance of upholding a feminist ethics of care in geographic research using arts and humanities approaches and frameworks.
Below are a selection of recent publications. Click on the images to access or preview these pieces.
Reece A. Golz, David R. Flum, Sabrina E. Sanchez, XiaoHang Liu, PhD, Courtney Donovan, F. Thurston Drake. “Incidence of Acute Appendicitis and Perforated Appendicitis in Washington State: A Spatial Analysis" JAMA Surgery vol.155, no. 4 (2020): 330-338.
Donovan, C. and S. de Leeuw. “Geography as Engaged Medical-Health Humanities.” In A. Bleakely (ed.) Routledge Handbook of Medical Humanities. London: Routledge. 2019.