Center for Humanities in Medicine

The Center for Humanities in Medicine supports Mayo Clinic’s primary value, the needs of the patient come first, by integrating the arts and other expressions of human culture into the healing environment.

The Center engages interconnected communities of patients, families, staff, learners, and the public to promote the artful and compassionate delivery of healthcare. Humanities in Medicine activities are open to Mayo Clinic patients, staff, visitors and community members and are made possible by the generous donations of grateful benefactors.

Jul 17, 2020

Humanities in Medicine COVID-19 First Aid Package

By Sarah Mensink, @samensink


“Through creativity and imagination, we find our identity and our reservoir of healing.”

We hope you’ll find solace and enjoyment in the resources listed in this package.

At the time of this writing, the world is experiencing a global pandemic that raises many more
questions than we have answers for, in virtually every area of our lives. The invisible virus is made
visible in personal, public, economic and social upheavals that cause great uncertainty, unveiling our
sense of human vulnerability and fear. But this moment calls us to acknowledge our personal
responsibility to ourselves and each other, which requires us to admit our anxieties rather than push
them away. Creativity can help us in this moment. Engaging with the tools of the humanities can help
us achieve a freedom from fear, and a new personal connection to others.


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