Creating Space 12 Conference Announcement April 21-23 Calgary 🗓

Creating Space 12

Thursday to Saturday, April 21 to 23, 2022

Health Sciences Centre

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Canada’s Annual National Health Humanities Conference

Theme 2022  All Our Communities: Relationships and Relationality in Healthcare

Going hybrid

We have planned substantial in-person activities and will simultaneously provide virtual access to all presentations and workshops for both participants and speakers.  Although unlikely, we are prepared to pivot to a fully virtual conference should world events require.

Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Buchanan, MBA, MTA.  Tune In: Find the Music you Need Amongst all the Noise

Jennifer Buchanan’s company, JB Music Therapy (JBMT), has been instrumental in the implementation of hundreds of music therapy programs throughout Canada since 1991, and has been thrice nominated for the Community Impact Award by the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. JBMT is a team of 18 Certified Music Therapists (MTAs) serving all ages in medical, education and community care settings. In her latest book, Wellness, Wellplayed: The Power of a Playlist, Jennifer offers readers an accessible and approachable path to crafting a healing and helpful soundscape all their own.

Joel Carter, MD, Interdisciplinary Artist.  The Art & Sacred Space of Our Stories: The Search for Balance and Connection in an Age of Chaos & Upheaval

Joel Carter is a Canadian Palliative Care Specialist, as well as an author, speaker, storyteller and artist. Carter transitioned to Palliative Care in 2002 after receiving a Fellowship from the Archibald Bush Foundation to pursue interests in End of Life Medicine and Physician Leadership. He completed his fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University. He practices in Minneapolis where he speaks on topics related to quality of life, lessons his patients have shared with him on life’s meaning and purpose, and the integration of creative art processes with healing arts practice. Joel was a featured speaker at the Winnipeg TEDx ‘Forward Think’ June 2017 conference and was named by Minnesota Monthly as Best Doctor 2015 through 2021. His book, Rockpeople – Beyond Chester Creek, which explores life’s depths, the quest for balance, and the broken parts of the human journey, remains a bone fide regional hit.

Events Friday & Saturday

  • Presentations: 22
  • Panels & Workshops: 5
  • Art works displayed: 30
  • Special session: The Editors Are In
  • Musical performance
  • Opportunities to network

Canadian Association for Health Humanities (CAHH) Annual General Meeting

An opportunity for you to influence the growth and direction of our national body.  Hear about what we are doing and planning.  Offer feedback.  Nominate and vote for open positions on our Advisory Council.

Music hands-on small group event Thursday April 21 Evening

This is an in-person workshop for participants with a special interest regarding music in health humanities.  The format requires us to limit the number of spaces.  If you are interested in attending, please email and copy to describe your connection to music and health humanities.  We will then confirm your attendance as space allows!

Conference registration here

  • Fees include membership in CAHH for 2022.
    • Clinician or Academic $250
    • Non-MD Health Professional $150
    • Artists and Learners, $25
    • Fees may be waived if you are in financial straits. Please contact Planning Committee.
  • Conference Proceedings will be distributed to registrants, CAHH members, and published on the CAHH website. It will not be indexed (e.g., Web of Science, Scopus).
  • Application for Credits for professional development through the Canadian College of Family Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada is in progress.

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The Canadian Association for Health Humanities exists to promote the exchange of ideas and critical dialogue among scholars and practitioners, as well as foster collaborative explorations nationally and internationally. Through meetings, publications and related activities, CAHH seeks to facilitate initiatives as well as interdisciplinary, cross-professional inquiry into research and educational practices relevant to the health humanities.

Creating Space 12 organizing committee

Bernice Fonseka, Graham McCaffrey, Heather Huston, Janet de Groot, Jennifer Leason, Laurie Pereles, Martina Kelly, Mary Wallis, Michael Frishkopf, Oswald Chen, Pam Brett-MacLean, Stephanie Plamondon. Tinu Ruparell, Tom Rosenal

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