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AAHNJ Best Practices

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The Alliance for Arts & Health acts as a clearinghouse for best practices in the field of arts and health. We collect and distribute best practice summaries, templates, tools, policies, and other materials in order to provide organizations and practitioners with practical support for enhancing wellness through connections with the arts.

Music therapist Daniel Marain MT-BC performs environmental music therapy in the emergency department at Newton Medical Center. Copyright Healing Arts-Newton Medical Center Atlantic Health System.

Music therapist Daniel Marain MT-BC performs environmental music therapy in the emergency department at Newton Medical Center. Copyright Healing Arts-Newton Medical Center Atlantic Health System.

Focus Areas

The Alliance for Arts & Health has identified ten key focus areas for arts and health in New Jersey: 1. Mental health, including substance abuse and prevention; 2. Geriatrics and creative aging; 3. Medical training, including nursing and medical staff; 4. Oncology; 5. Special needs populations (disabilities, autism, Parkinson’s); 6. Obesity; 7. Youth services; 8. Pediatrics; 9. Caregivers; and 10. Military. We will concentrate on three priority areas this year:

  • Arts and Aging
  • Arts and Mental Health
  • Arts and Special Needs Populations


Spotlight on Best Practices

Here are events we’ve coordinated or supported as part of our efforts to focus on the three priorities above:

Arts and Aging:
AAHNJ Arts for Life event

Arts and Mental Health:
The 6th Annual Healing Arts Coalition Conference

Arts and Special Needs Populations:
Excellence in Cultural Access Awards

 

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