In year one, the experts developed health humanities portraits according to the HHP framework documents found on this website. They used their own distinctive disciplinary lens to do so. The experts came from the fields of literature, bioethics, cultural studies, performance studies, and history (Rebecca Garden, Jodi Halpern, Jonathan Metzl, Gretchen Case, and Ellen Amster, respectively). These experts focused on the social themes of immigration and identity, social suffering and the fallacies of medical prognosis, the politics of guns, rural populations and access to care, and global poverty and women’s health.
Prior to each faculty development workshop [n=9], the faculty core read the reading materials and prepared feedback. At each on-site, 3-hour workshop, each expert taught his/her/their developed portrait to the faculty core [University of Illinois at Chicago faculty participants who were chosen for the grant]. S/he/their described his/her/their process in developing the HHP, led a discussion on how to understand the various ways humanities scholars of his/her/their discipline think about and develop curricula, led a discussion analyzing the portrait material and how to more effectively teach it , and worked with the faculty participants to refine it for delivery in the curriculum (75 minutes). In the second part of the workshop (75 minutes), s/he/they delineated optimal pedagogical methods and class activities for the created portrait and solicited the faculty core’s feedback.