Creating Public Health: Art’s Role in Culturally Responsive, Trauma-Informed Public Health Practice

Friday, November 2, 2018, 1:45-3:15pm

Responding to public health’s increasing interest in health equity, the social determinants of health, and participatory research practices, this session builds strategically on the field’s interest in photovoice in order to reimagine–and advocate for–the intersections of art, research, and public health. Drawing on evidence from the presenter’s innovative, arts-based data collection projects in Louisville, KY, the presentation offers new takes on arts-based research, ideas for future research and practice, and opportunities for attendees to brainstorm applications of this session’s ideas to their own research projects and programs.


Tasha Golden’s research in public health is informed by her career in the arts. As front-woman and songwriter for the critically-acclaimed band Ellery, Golden’s songs have been in feature films, TV dramas, retail, and radio, and her book of poems, ‘Once You Had Hands’ (Humanist Press), was a finalist for the 2016 Ohioana Book Award. Golden now studies the impact of the arts on stigma, social norms, policy advocacy, and public health data and practice, with research published by Reflections, Ethos, De Gruyter Press, and (forthcoming) Syracuse Press. Golden has led trauma-informed creative writing workshops for incarcerated teen women since 2012 in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. In 2017, she established a partnership among multiple University of Louisville departments, Louisville Metro Government Youth Detention Services (YDS), and literary publisher Sarabande Books; the team offers and evaluates creative programming for girls in YDS while using the arts to advance girls’ voices in juvenile justice reform.