Tasha Golden is a doctoral Health and Social Justice Fellow at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, researching intersections of the arts and public health. Shaped by her career as a touring songwriter, Tasha examines how creative writing, performance, and other artforms amplify and clarify voices and issues that are dismissed or rendered invisible by traditional research, advocacy, and policy development methods.
The arts is known (in part) for making difficult issues confront-able, discuss-able, disclose-able. If we know that stigma and isolation result in adverse population health outcomes, what are the public health implications of increasing a community's access to the arts as a means of disclosing and discussing difficult issues & experiences?
What are traditional research and data collection methods inevitably missing about individuals, communities, and societies?
And related, what do arts-based methods make visible, say-able, ask-able, research-able, knowable?
How might Public Health use culture - such as the arts / storytelling - to challenge the embedded cultural norms that adversely affect health? (To what extent are data sets and scientific reports inadequate for altering cultural norms that, for example, perpetuate stigma, discrimination, isolation, racism, sexism, ableism, & much more?)