Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative

Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative


The Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative welcomes all researchers and practitioners interested in pursuing cross-disciplinary, interprofessional approaches to understanding human health.


  • Create connections across professionals and among researchers around affinities within the realm of health and wellness;
  • Connect researchers to funding opportunities around health and wellness; and
  • Offer a platform for collaboration around existing and emerging health-related challenges.


This collaborative meets as a large group once per month, and smaller topic-specific discussions meet more frequently.
If you would like more information or to attend a meeting, please email Emily Ryan, Director of The Commons, at


Connect with HHARC:

Coffee & Conversation gatherings offer time for discovery and reflection through discussion with scholars and practitioners in other fields. These sessions provide an opportunity to interrogate an idea or examine a research question to understand its interdisciplinary relevance or understanding, as well as its practical application. Examples of these sessions may include: Health Disparities in Communities; Climate & Health; Curriculum in Health Humanities and Arts.

HHARC hosts regular Collaborative Seed Grant opportunities for researchers working across arts, humanities, and health, and with community partners.

Info Share Sessions showcase a specialist whose skills are of particular interest at the intersection of Health, Humanities, and Art Research. Examples of these sessions may include: Identifying Fundraising Opportunities; Collaborative Research Team Roles; Understanding the IRB.

Monthly Meetups are a way to meet new people, gain a better understanding of the work of colleagues in other areas, and share about your interests and work. They begin with a presentation of ongoing work, and typically include announcements about funding opportunities. They conclude with breakout session time, during which participants can select a topic of interest, and meet others who have different perspectives on those topics.

Through HHARC, visiting scholars and virtual sessions offer opportunities to gain skills and experience working across disciplines and with community partners to amplify and advance the work of addressing health inequities and the ways in which cross-disciplinary collaboration can newly inform this work.


Teri Kennedy headshot
  • Associate Dean, Interprofessional Practice, Education, Policy, and Research (iPEPR)
  • Ida Johnson Feaster Professorship in Interprofessional Practice and Education / University of Kansas School of Nursing
  • Professor, Department of Population Health / University of Kansas School of Medicine
  • Co-Facilitator, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative

Katie Rhine
  • Associate Professor of African & African-American Studies and Geography and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Associate Director, Kansas African Studies Center