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Join Our Nationally Recognized Medical Humanities Program as a Facilitator or Partner Site

Update: New Literature & Medicine® sites in Bakersfield and Sacramento have been added. See below for the site descriptions and RFIs for facilitators.

Are you a humanities scholar interested in the medical humanities, and are based in Bakersfield, Sacramento, San Diego, the Los Angeles metro area, or the Central Coast? Read our Request for Inquiries to be a facilitator or Veterans’ Affairs site partner for our Literature & Medicine® program.

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.

We’re currently accepting inquiries for a humanities expert who will facilitate a humanities focused professional development program provided to in-service medical professionals and clinical staff at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in the Los Angeles Metro, Inland Empire, San Diego, Central Valley, and Central Coast area, as well as our newest sites in Sacramento and with Adventist Health, a hospital in Bakersfield.

The position requires a six-month commitment, with one facilitation session per month. These positions will be open until filled.

“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.” Natalie Purcell, Liaison San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Download the RFIs:

Lit & Med Bakersfield RFI

Lit & Med Sacramento RFI

Lit & Med Southern & Central California RFI


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

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