Health Narratives Research Group 2020-21/ Virtual Meetings Starting in October
Invitation From Carol Nash PHD :
The HeNReG meets weekly on Wednesdays, between the first week in October and the last week in April. There is a natural break at the end of the calendar year and new members often join in January.
The Health Narratives Research Group (HeNReG) allows researchers the opportunity to take the personally relevant stories that initiated their commitment to health care and develop them into narratives with a particular point of view. The process includes both personal reflection and the willingness to share one’s story and gain additional insights from the rest of the group.
The HeNReG is a voluntary, non-credit group, free of charge, open to any member of the university community interested in health care. Diversity of membership is both supported and encouraged.
Participants may develop their narrative into a piece for publication in either written (e.g. memoir, poem) or alternative format (e.g. graphic novelization).
As a result of COVID-19 limitations, meetings now take place entirely online over a hybrid-model, private Facebook group platform. Created by Dr. Nash, the private Facebook group includes all members of the 2020/21 HeNReG. To participate, potential members require: a Facebook account, to “friend” Dr. Nash, and be willing to join this private Facebook group.
Participants can join anytime by contacting Dr. Nash at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The HeNReG is facilitated by philosopher of education Dr. Carol Nash, who as Scholar in Residence in the History of Medicine created this process for developing narrative in 2012 in collaboration with Professor Edward Shorter, the Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine. Since 2015, the group has been supported by the Health Arts and Humanities Program directed by Dr. Allan Peterkin. From 2015-2020, the group’s meetings occurred in the Department of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Hospital.