posted by sahar romani
The 5th Annual Western Regional International Health Conference – “Global Health through Different Lenses: Reflections, Perspectives and Visions for the future” took place this weekend, Febuary 16-18th at the University of Washington in Seattle.
The conference included a break-out session, “Empowerment Work in South Asia,” which aimed to share and discuss a range of empowerment-based models for creating positive personal and social change with marginalized communties in India. I was invited as a panelist for this session to discuss Kalam as a model that uses art education and creative writing as an empowerment process for young people. In a global health context, I discussed Kalam’s pedagogy and programs that work towards address creative and intellectual health of marginalized young people in Kolkata. I shared how Kalam believes the nourishment of creative and intellectual health is imperative when imagining holistic empowerment interventions for marginalized communities. This session also included a discussion by Vinoy Odhar from Action Aid India who spoke of empowerment interventions with Dalit communities in Bihar. The session was a well attended by a range of students and public health practitioners, and was followed by an interactive Q&A session.