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Exhibit 264 NLM Traveling Exhibit-Graphic Medicine: Ill Conceived and Well-Drawn

The NLM traveling exhibit Graphic Medicine: Ill Conceived and Well-Drawn! will be hosted at the East Tennessee State University Medical Library in Johnson City, TN from April 29, 2019-June 8, 2019. The exhibit consists of 6 banners on stands. From the exhibit's website: "Graphic Medicine: Ill-Conceived and Well-Drawn! explores an increasingly popular, yet little-known literary field that presents personal illness narratives and health information through the medium of comics. The exhibition showcases items from the NLM's growing collection of graphic memoirs depicting people's experiences with an array of health issues, including breast cancer, deafness, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and more." The library is also planning to have several events around the exhibit. Some examples will be a medical pictionary game night, a movie luncheon, a computer set up near exhibit to allow visitors to turn pictures of themselves into cartoons. The library is also planning on developing their own graphics medicine materials in conjunction with this exhibit. The first of which will be related to women's health and telling the patient experience.
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
General public
Health care provider
Student, college & post-grad
Project Lead:
Kelly R Loyd
Funding Source: 
SEA
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2019
Funding Amount: 
$2000
Funding Period:
Apr 29, 2019 to Jun 8, 2019
Project Status:
Awarded

Activities

Graphic Medicine exhibit on display in library
Activity Description:
This included the banners on display and promotional posters related to the Graphic Medicine exhibit.
Activity Dates:
04/29/2019 to 06/08/2019
Activity Type:
Exhibits/Health Fairs, Other Promotional Activities
Partner Organization(s):
Achievements:
Hosting the "Graphic Medicine" exhibit at the ETSU Medical Library enabled us to provide a new source of health information to students, faculty and other patrons. We were able to develop a new collection as a result of this project. We had the opportunity to work with colleagues who specialized in areas that merge art and health information.
"Creating Graphic Medicine: Elevating Patient Stories through Interprofessional Art"
Activity Description:
This was a presentation given by Rachel Walden, the Associate Dean of the ETSU Medical Library. The focus of the presentation was on women's health experiences and their graphic interpretation.
Activity Dates:
06/06/2019
Activity Type:
Other Promotional Activities, Lectures
Partner Organization(s):
Achievements:
This event provided insight on the unique health experiences of female patients.
"Wrinkles" movie showing and pizza night
Activity Description:
Showed the movie "Wrinkles" and provided food and drinks to the campus community.
Activity Dates:
05/21/2019
Activity Type:
Other Promotional Activities
Partner Organization(s):
Achievements:
Provided insight into health issues that face elderly populations and their families.
Marvel Trivia Nigh and Exhibit Display
Activity Description:
We took the exhibit off-site to Johnson City Brewing Company for a trivia night on Marvel comics.
Activity Dates:
05/14/2019
Activity Type:
Exhibits/Health Fairs, Other Promotional Activities
Partner Organization(s):
Achievements:
We raised awareness in the general public about the types of graphic health information available.
"Can Art Heal" presentation with Eric Avery M.D.
Activity Description:
Eric Avery M.D. was a visiting artist on campus who had also been a practicing psychiatrist for many years. He gave a presentation discussing how he had used art to help patients throughout his career. There was an emphasis on populations that were affected by HIV and AIDS during the 1980s and 1990s.
Activity Dates:
05/02/2019
Activity Type:
Other Promotional Activities, Lectures, Presentations
Partner Organization(s):
Achievements:
Educated population about the link between art and healing.
Final Report
Approaches and Interventions Used:

We wanted to promote and enhance the NLM traveling exhibit. We wanted to raise awareness of graphic medicine as a genre in health information literature. We used a combination of activities, social media marketing and traditional promotion with posters. The team members consistently met and discussed programming for the project.

Problems or Barriers Encountered:

The time period we had the exhibit was not ideal. The exhibit arrived the week before graduation and was on display while much of our student population was not on campus.

Evaluation:

We used the number of attendees to each event and overall was how we evaluated the success of the project. Our original project goals and objectives were met.

Continuation Plans:

The graphic medicine project by Rachel Walden "Women's Experiences in Healthcare" is ongoing. We have also purchased graphic medicine books which will be a permanent part of our collection and we have plans to purchase more. We have no current to expand or replicate the project.

Lessons Learned:

Have future exhibits during a time when more students and faculty are on campus.

Impact:
One unexpected result was that we received cooperation from a visiting artist who was also a physician. He was able to give us new insight into the use of art to represent the health experience of both patients and healthcare professionals. I would recommend to others that they book this exhibition during a time when many students and faculty will be on campus. I would also recommend that they be ready to work with professionals in areas that they don't normally work with (such as graphic art professionals). One significant lesson is to link the project to a health need or condition in the community around your organization. Taking the display off campus to organizations in the community proved effective in increasing awareness. The only thing we would do differently is to time the project differently during the academic year.