WHO consultant wins Health Humanities Medal 2018 award

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Dr Daisy Fancourt, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at University College London (United Kingdom) and author of the forthcoming WHO Health Evidence Network (HEN) synthesis report on the role of the arts in health and well-being, has won a Health Humanities Medal 2018 award in the category of Best Early Career Research.

Dr Fancourt has been actively involved in WHO’s project on the cultural contexts of health and well-being (CCH). She was recently a panel member at a seminar on arts and health organized by WHO/Europe. To see a recording of this event, click on the link below.

The Health Humanities Medal is a new and prestigious set of awards celebrating people and projects using arts and humanities research to transform health, well-being and the quality of life of populations. The Medal is supported by the United Kingdom’s Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Wellcome Trust.

“Winning a Health Humanities Medal award is an outstanding achievement. I know that my colleagues at WHO/Europe will join me in congratulating Dr Fancourt,” said Dr Claudia Stein, Director of the Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation at WHO/Europe.

Professor Mark Jackson and Dr Felicity Thomas, co-directors of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Culture and Health at the University of Exeter (United Kingdom), were also shortlisted in the Leadership and Best International Research categories, respectively.

“These nominations are a testament to the important work of the WHO Collaborating Centre and their contributions to our work on CCH here at WHO/Europe,” continued Dr Stein. “The creation of an award to highlight and promote the use of arts, social science and humanities research is a promising development in moving toward a more inclusive vision of evidence for health and well-being.”

The winners were announced on 11 September 2018 during an awards ceremony held at the House of Commons of the United Kingdom.