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Literature and Medicine Plus

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. Through reading, reflection, and conversation, the program invites care-givers to better understand and empathize with the experience of their patients – as well as their peers. Long-term program evaluation provides strong evidence that the program increases job satisfaction, lessens burnout, improves communications skills, and builds “cultural competency” among participants, all towards the desired end of improving the quality of health care for patients.

California Humanities has implemented the program in Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers in California since 2010 under a licensing agreement with the Maine Humanities Council, which developed and manages the program across the nation (25 Councils participate). We are currently offering the program at VA hospitals in Fresno, Palo Alto, Sacramento, and San Francisco and plan to expand to other health care facilities soon.

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.

Here are a few first-hand narratives from those who facilitate our Literature & Medicine® program. These health care professionals are most passionate about this humanities-based program at California Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. 



For more information, contact Program Officer, Lucena Lau Valle