Culture and Health

Jameel Arts & Health Lab

Jameel Arts & Health Lab fosters the growth of methods, skills and research to measurably improve health and wellbeing through the arts.

The Jameel Arts & Health Lab is a collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, the Steinhardt School at New York University, Community Jameel, and CULTURUNNERS. This is WHO's first major initiative linking the arts and public health and is the result of the journey initiated by WHO Region Europe with Report 67/2029 linking access to the arts with improved health. The laboratory has so far announced four major research activities that will take place during 2023: the contribution of music and singing to counteracting postnatal depression; the analysis of a permanent digital cultural archive made by Yazidi women survivors of the genocide perpetrated by the Islamic State in 2014 for the purpose of their emotional support and the potential help of the method for other survivors; research into the psychological and social impacts that access to the arts can have on people with dementia and their carers; and research into the role that the arts can play in hospital environments, both for the benefit of patients and healthcare staff.