2018: Provocation for Art and Public Health in America

  Marina Tsaplina, October 2018 Provocation for Creating Healthy Communities: Arts & Public Health in America I would like to open up rigorous discussion about the nature and substance of the artistic inquiry we are discussing and what we mean, exactly when we make a link and call for evidence between Art, well-being and public health.…

2018 UPDATE: Illness Revelations: The Bodies of History/Medicine/Us

“When experience becomes unrepresentable and conventional language insufficient, voice beyond words needs a new language.” John Paul Lederach & Angela Jill Lederach; When Blood and Bones Cry Out: Journeys through the Soundscape of Healing & Reconciliation Illness Revelations: The Bodies of History/Medicine/Us is an interdisciplinary socially engaged artistic project to develop a radical pedagogy for health…

PRESS RELEASE- THE BETES receives funding from Novo Nordisk for BETES Family Program 2016

As our first major corporate partner, Novo Nordisk’s support of our mission and work lays the ground for us to continue doing innovative theater-driven work in the field of the Medical Humanities and Narrative Medicine. Thank you to Novo Nordisk for its persistent vision and commitment to innovation in healthcare !

What is the biggest threat to your health? its not at all what you think...

Dr. Jeremy Nobel is faculty of The Harvard School of Public Health, and is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Art and Healing: whose mission is to explore the fundamental connection between art and the healing process. In our meeting, Jeremy asked me what I think the biggest threat to public health is: “Climate Change” I…

Finding The Story within the Disease

The stories underneath our illnesses share more in common then their differences. Below is an incredible blog post from health advocate Rick Phillips— a story of him taking a question from one of our workshops: “What does your diabetes look like?” And applying it to his Rheumatoid Arthritis. “So what does my RA look like?…

A Cultural Model of Health: It Takes Time.

Yesterday, through a rather spontaneous sequence of events, I presented the work of THE BETES in Edgar Rivera Colon’s Qualitative Research Methods class at Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine Department. Edgar and I have been following each other on social media over the past year. As a medical anthropologist, Edgar “ trains frontline African American and Latino/a HIV/AIDS activists in…

Marry the Beast - Our Launch event (in the Huffington Post)

On Saturday Feb 28th, the founder of the Big Apple Circus Paul Binder pronounced his vows of commitment to his Type 2 diabetes. The event, called “Marry the Beast” was the official launch of our organization with approximately 100 people in attendance. The event was covered by Riva Greenberg in the Huffington Post. Marry the Beast is a program…

BETES workshop at JDRF TypeOneNation March 21

We will be holding a 2 hour BETES workshop in Long Island this upcoming Saturday March 21 as part of JDRF’s TypeOneNation. http://longisland.jdrf.org/event/typeonenation-summit/ This particular workshop is for ages 3 – 11. Come say hi to us afterwards! We will have a table in the marketing area. Please help support our work in this critical…

"The healing process is much bigger then just medicine"

   Dr. Ken Gorfinkle on THE BETES: ” We can have impact on the healthcare delivery process as a whole, to make clear to providers how there is a giant missing piece of their patient care. We teach the medical world that the healing process is much bigger then just medicine. “ Please help support…

Health Care Is ________?

I wanted to share with you the myriad responses that were given by people in attendance of our launch event, “Marry the Beast” on Feb. 28th We wanted to make the process of name tags a bit more engaging, so before people came in we had them fill-in-the-blank for “Healthcare is_____ ?” Taking care of…