Health Justice is good business
Over the past couple of years, IDEAS xLab has worked on innovative arts projects that helped us understand health in a new way. This work resulted in a different kind of framework for training artists to support community health.
My Healthy Days is a new national network of arts/culture producers and public health professionals developing best practices toward a movement for putting artists to work as social entrepreneurs advocating for health equity in public policy, developing culturally-aware health systems design and advancing health as a key component of community development strategies.
Health, when combined with creativity, education and compassion, transforms what a person can't do into what a person (or community) can do.
History of Project
My Healthy Days© project home base is Louisville, KY. Despite being a national healthcare industry hub, Louisville has poor health outcomes. The problem is the worst in our economically marginalized communities according to Louisville’s Center for Health Equity.
In communities of color, like Louisville's Smoketown, it is a statistical fact that the average life expectancy is about 9 years less than the average for the city of Louisville. There are roughly 2700 people who live in Smoketown. Just doing some basic math, this means that cumulatively, the families that live here have 24,000 less years than other communities.
24,000 less years to live, work, worship, learn and play.
Family and Social Support. Educational Attainment. Place-based jobs. These have been proven to increase both life expectancy and quality of life.
We believe that My Healthy Days© is an emergent model for training artists as social entrepreneurs to support the drive to health equity and measurably improved health outcomes in communities across America.
MY HEALTHY DAYS OPERATIONAL & SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS
YouthBuild Louisville (HIA Grant Application Partner)
The Special Project (HIA Grant Application Partner)
The Smoketown Neighborhood Association
Humana's Bold Goal Initiative / Louisville Health Advisory Board
Click DONATE to Support our drive to Healthy equity in smoketown.
Your financial support is important! Creative Agents of Change Foundation, the educational non-profit arm of IDEAS xLab, was created to support the education and training of regional visual artists, writers, poets, performers and musicians with an interest in using their art to become community health advocates. 100% of your support goes directly to building Louisville’s artists capacity to support the drive to improved health outcomes in Louisville.
To make a tax-deductible contribution to support artist residencies as part of My Healthy Days, click on the Donate button above.