AC 2022 Breakout Session: Arts and Health Care for Providers and Patients

AC 2022 Breakout Session: Arts and Health Care for Providers and Patients

Publication date: 
February, 2023

CORAL, the Colorado Resilience in Arts Lab, is a partnership between the University of Colorado Hospital, the Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This session will explore CORAL’s research in Health Care Provider Burnout Prevention through art, music, dance, and writing workshops. In addition, we will highlight the role the arts can play in patient care by featuring the Dance for Parkinson’s program, of the Ormao Dance Company. The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened the demands on health care providers, creating new levels of trauma and loss. CORAL has responded to this global crisis with hands-on artistic experiences designed to process vicarious trauma and offer a sense of solidarity through the arts. The CORAL presenters will review the 12-week, peer-reviewed protocols designed to facilitate community-building, artistic expression of vulnerability and authentic storytelling, sharing the highly positive outcomes.  Participants will also learn about the work Ormao is doing to utilize dance to address the impact of Parkinson’s disease, and even get to experience a movement exercise first-hand! The presentation will share how both arts and healthcare funders are prioritizing investment in intersectional work like CORAL and Ormao.


  • Laura Hymers Treglia, Dancer, Ormao Dance Company
  • Janet Johnson, Artistic and Executive Director, Ormao Dance Company
  • Dr. Marc Moss, Proessor of Medicine, Head of The Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Katherine Reed, Art Therapist & Manager of Ponzio Creative Arts Therapy Program, Children's Hospital of Colorado
  • Gary Steuer, President & CEO, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation


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