Health Educator Course Content
From Bird's Eye View Book
Module 3: Stories Matter -- Patient and
Health Professional Storytelling
Lesson Plan 4: Art As Healing
Students will gain knowledge about how there are many ways to tell a health care story – orally, in written form, through photographs and other visual arts. They will also learn about the rare disease NMO and reflect on what health care stories have made an impact on them.
3. Reflective Questions
a. How can the rare disease Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) affect an artist's fine motor skills?
b. How did Lelainia Lloyd adapt her art after she was diagnosed with NMO?
c. What do you think the significance of Lelainia taking photographs of her hands?
d. How can you encourage patients to harness to power of the arts to express themselves and tell their stories?
4. Bonus Question!
What health care stories have made an impact on you? This can be a story told through visual art, a book, poetry, a movie, a TV show, a podcast or a video like a TED Talk.
More information about NMO
The MS Society of Canada
The Canadian Transverse Myelitis Association
Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation
The Sumaira Foundation
The Connor B. Judge Foundation
The Siegel Rare Neuroimmune Association
A Collage of Hope chapter, page 213.
Bird’s Eye View: Stories of a life lived in health care by Sue Robins
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