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Founded in 1994 by the late Gene D. Cohen, MD, The Center serves as the interprofessional home for faculty across departments and schools at The George Washington University who are working to improve the lives and health of older persons through education, research, and work in clinical arenas, with particular focus on the potential of the humanities and the creative arts to promote healing and wellness throughout the life span.
Why the Humanities and Healthcare?
Incorporating the humanities with aging and health offers opportunity to gain insight into the intersection of the human experience and the rapidly changing landscape of science, technology and public policy in healthcare. This understanding of the facets of the lives of patients, families and healthcare professionals is reflected in the education, research and clinical services at GW. This occurs through the stories we tell and hear, and the thoughts shared in our common quest for reaching our highest potential and maximizing the quality of our lives and the lives of those for whom we care.
Educational Programs and Outreach
Develop and sustain high impact educational programs for healthcare professionals to improve the lives and health of older persons.
Design and test clinical innovations for interprofessional practice to improve care processes that optimize person and family-centered health outcomes.
Promoting interdisciplinary research activities across settings to determine effective use of creative arts and humanities to improve the holistic care and well-being for all persons (receiving or delivering).
Advocate for research, education and the use of humanities and creative arts to promote health and wellness throughout the life span.