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Georgetown, Howard Launch Joint Center for Medical Humanities

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a nonprofit that funds humanities initiatives, awarded Georgetown University and Howard University a $3 million grant to create a joint center for medical humanities that aims to advance health equity in Washington, D.C.

The center will focus on finding ways to use the tools of medical humanities, such as art, philosophy and history, as a frontline response to public health problems including health disparities and illness, according to a Jan. 19 news release from the Georgetown University Medical Center. The inspiration for the Georgetown-Howard Center for Medical Humanities and Health Justice emerged from conversations between Lakshmi Krishnan, the founding director of Georgetown’s Medical Humanities Initiative, and Dana Williams, the dean of Howard’s graduate school.


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