Creating Space IX: April 12-13, 2019, Hamilton, ON

Theme: Cultural Humility and Contemporary Medical Practice: (How) Can the Humanities Help?

The British Columbia First Nations Health Authority reminds us that “cultural humility involves humbling acknowledging oneself as a learner when it comes to understanding another’s experience.” The commitment to active engagement, reflective practice, and lifelong learning has the potential to redefine the outcomes of culturally-focused physician training, rebalance the power dynamics between physicians and patients, and to influence the quality of healthcare provided to a variety of communities, including Indigenous peoples, new Canadians and refugees, and those from a variety of diaspora.

The Creating Space moniker evokes several meanings. It creates space for the humanities in health care. It also reflects the creative approaches at the heart of the humanities. With thousands of papers now generated on the multi-dimensional process of cultural humility in the medical and allied health literature, we now also recognize the way in which the conference’s name inspires us to also consider how the humanities help us create space for each other. To this end, Creating Space IX seeks to answer this question:

How can humanities-based methodologies assist health professional learners and practitioners to develop cultural humility?

Further Information

The Creating Space conference is part of work done by the recently established Canadian Association of Health Humanities (CAHH).

By attending Creating Space and becoming a member of CAHH, you are joining and supporting a growing national and international movement focused on increasing understandings and practices about 1) how the humanities can inform health and wellness and, 2) ways health scholarship dialogues with humanities knowledge.

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