Chair of the Arts & Health Special Interest Group is Professor Helen Chatterjee MBE, who is a Professor of Biology at University College London. Helen’s research involves evidencing the impact of natural and cultural participation on health. She co-founded the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, is an advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing, and is a Founding Trustee of the National Centre for Creative Health.
Her research has won several awards including the RSPH Special Commendation from Public Health England for Sustainable Development in 2017 and the 2018 AHRC-Wellcome ‘Health Humanities Medal’ and ‘Leadership Award’; she received an MBE in 2015 for Services to Higher Education and Culture.
The Deputy Chair is Dr Ranjita Dhital, who is a Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Reading. Ranjita has practised as an addiction-specialist pharmacist, community pharmacist and worked in public health. Her research involves co-designing and assessing alcohol interventions to reduce problems in high- and low-resource settings.
She is leading an interdisciplinary research to understand how the physical and social spaces within community pharmacies are experienced by pharmacy service users and staff. This study will examine how the architecture of pharmacies may effect engagement with current and future pharmacy health services. She founded and leads the Health and Arts Research Initiative HARI and is also a sculptor. Ranjita is the Co-chair of the University of Reading’s Staff Disability Network.
RSPH is a national champion for the development of the field of arts and health in the UK. The RSPH Special Interest Group in Arts, Health and Wellbeing has the aim of supporting advances in high quality research that leads to innovative policy and practice.
Aims of the group
- Vision: To guide the strategic development of research within the field of arts and health
We publish strategic papers on the development of research in the field, guest-edit special issues of the journal Perspectives in Public Health, and run seminar series focused on the development of research in the field.
- Voice: To act as a voice for research and researchers nationally
We work in partnership with the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance (CHWA) and All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) as well as major funders and professional bodies. We consult on the development of new funding streams for research in the field, respond to calls for evidence from the government and NICE, and explore partnership opportunities with other major representative bodies within health and social care.
- Practice: To act as a knowledge-broker between researchers and practitioners
We run conferences and webinars, inform and initiate best practice through our national Health & Wellbeing Awards to ensure high-quality evidence-based practice in the field, and support training and continuing professional development in arts and health.
Join the group
All RSPH members with an interest in the contribution the creative arts can make to health and wellbeing are welcome to join. Members of this Special Interest Group you can access it in the member area
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If you have any questions, please email Meghan.