Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America is a two-year national initiative led by the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine in partnership with ArtPlace America. The initiative will expand the intersections of arts, community development and public health through strategic cross-sector collaboration, discovery, translation, and dissemination.

Creating Healthy Communities will include the development of a national consortium and a series of dynamic working group convenings, connecting people and programmes to build a community of thought leaders and stakeholders from the arts and culture, public health, community development, creative placemaking, healthcare, and other key sectors.

The research strategy, led by the University of Florida, is designed to map, assess, and consolidate existing evidence, and to establish a national research agenda and standardized protocols with the potential for meaningful statistical power.

An open-access Resource Repository will be launched in March 2019, a white paper on Arts in Public Health will follow in summer 2019, and there will be a series of webinars throughout the year. The ultimate goal is to produce a framework for evidence-based use of the arts in public health, to be published in April 2020.

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