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"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

Join Our Nationally Recognized Medical Humanities Program as a Los Angeles Facilitator

Are you a humanities scholar interested in the medical humanities based in the Los Angeles Metro area?

Literature & Medicine®, a nationally recognized, humanities-based, professional development program for health care workers, engages clinical staff members in reading and discussion programs facilitated by humanities scholars. This program, which California Humanities has been implementing for over 10 years, aims to improve the quality of health care services delivered to patients, through improving providers’ interpersonal and communication skills, increasing their ability to empathize with patients and co-workers, and increasing their levels of job satisfaction, cultural awareness, and self-knowledge.

Literature & Medicine® Facilitator Opportunity Now Available

California Humanities is currently accepting proposals for a humanities expert who will facilitate a humanities-focused professional development program provided to in-service medical professionals and clinical staff at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. The facilitator will provide virtual Literature & Medicine sessions for the duration of the 2020-2021 season, or until in-person programming can resume. This facilitator position this is a temporary, part-time, paid contract position and not paid employment with California Humanities. The position requires a six-month commitment, with one facilitation session per month. This position is open until filled, and you can view the RFP here.

What Current Literature & Medicine Site Liaisons Say About This Program

Lori Williams, BA RDH, who is a Literature & Medicine® site liaison at the Fresno Veterans Affairs Medical Center, find that “by reading literature of “people,” I aspire to be more empathetic to my patients and hope they feel comfortable to continue their care. I recommend Literature & Medicine® to all practitioners who enjoy reading poignant subjects, discussing books, and want to know more about the people they are treating.”

“What I enjoy most about the Literature & Medicine® program is the opportunity to build community among diverse clinicians and employees who are able to connect and get to know one another in ways that would not otherwise be possible,” notes Natalie Purcell, who is a Literature & Medicine® site liaison at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Click here to download the RFP for this facilitator position.

For more information, contact Program Officer, Lucena Lau Valle.