CHCI Medical Humanities Network

Research Projects

Focus Project: Covid-19 Response

  • Care for the Polis

    Columbia University

    Goal: To bring scholars, designers, curators, and caregivers from across the humanities, medicine and design to share their research and experience on the intersections of health, policy, publics, and the built environment.

  • Community Sabbatical Research Leave Program

    University of Texas Humanities Institute

    Goal: The Community Sabbatical Research Leave Program provides $5,000 grants to help leaders of non-profit organizations in Central Texas carve out the time and intellectual space for deeper reflection, research, and discussion about a question or issue that participants are seeking to resolve for their organization and those it serves; this year’s grants will focus on projects related to Covid-19.

  • Graphic Medicine in the Time of COVID-19

    Creighton University

    Goal: Introduce health sciences students to frameworks of health, care, and illness found in graphic medicine (memoirs) to help them process the implications of the pandemic.

  • Narrative Medicine Blog

    Columbia University

    Goal: To virtually share resources in the humanities, literature & the arts to foster creative and reflective work to nourish individuals, build teams, and reduce social isolation.

  • Plagues, Epidemics, and Culture: Histories of Crisis and Care

    Arizona State University

    Goal: These talks will address how we might draw lessons and envision equitable futures of care for our own local and global communities.

  • Poetry in the Time of Coronavirus

    University of Texas Humanities Institute

    Goal: To circulate and create an archive of poetry that feels timely in the time of coronavirus, no matter when it was written.

  • Project COPE: Chronicling Healthcare Providers' Pandemic Experiences

    University of South Caroline School of Medicine Greenville

    Goal: The objective of this study is to understand the experiences and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on wellness, moral injury, and life experiences of healthcare providers in real time rather than after the event as previous disasters have reported.

  • South Carolina Pandemic Healthcare Ethics Advisory Council

    South Carolina Hospital and Medical Associations

    Goal: To develop recommendations for state institutions regarding the distribution of scarce resources (such as ventilators and medications) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Synapsis Covid-19 Special Issue

    Columbia University

    Goal: Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal has produced a special issue dedicated to the humanistic questions arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Synapsis Special Issue: Justice-in-Education and Covid-19

    Columbia University

    Goal: For incarcerated and formerly incarcerated scholars to report on their auto-ethnographic experience of the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.

  • Translational Humanities for Public Health

    Rice University

    Goal: To document and disseminate humanities-based responses to COVID-19, to help others benefit from them, and to bring tools for understanding the human experience to communities in need of support during this time of crisis.