The Hearst Foundations awarded $6 million in grants to nonprofits in California, including a $50,000 grant to California Humanities to support the Literature & Medicine® program. This additional funding will help California Humanities expand the program at health care facilities across the state.
Literature & Medicine® is a nationally recognized humanities-based professional development program for health care workers that engages clinical staff members in reading and discussion programs facilitated by humanities scholars. The program is licensed from the Maine Humanities Council, which developed and manages the program nationwide. Literature & Medicine® has shown to have many beneficial outcomes for practitioners and patients alike.
California Humanities currently offers the program at VA hospitals in Fresno, Palo Alto, Sacramento, and San Francisco and plans to expand to other health care facilities soon. Learn more about this program.
12 other California organizations received grants from the Hearst Foundation in this round of funding. Read more about them in the San Francisco Chronicle.