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Doctoral Student to Present on Art as a Tool and Bridge for Health Promotion in Brazil

Dornsife Doctoral Candidate Amy Henderson Riley to co-present at Conference in Brazil in May 2016.

January 21, 2016

Amy Henderson Riley, DrPH ’17 has been invited to co-present an accepted project at the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) Conference this May in Curitiba, Brazil.

Riley will co-present, “Art as a Tool and Bridge for Health Promotion,” an interactive session designed to teach participants the value of art in health promotion. Riley’s work is grounded on the work of Paulo Freire, a  Brazilian educator and philosopher who advocated for critical pedagogy, a teaching philosophy that encourages students to question and challenge posited "dominations." Riley’s work shows the use of art as cross-cultural means of breaking through cultural barriers, making it an effective tool in health promotion.

Current art-based health promotion projects around the world will be showcased in the presentation. The presentation also honors the "unique ways of being and knowing" which are "fundamental to promoting health and social justice as well as reducing oppression," added Riley.

Riley will be co-presenting with her contemporaries from IUHPE and the Society for Public Health Education. The opportunity will enable her to connect with other health promotion practitioners around the world.