In 2017, an estimated 60,000 people in the Norfolk community were directly affected by mental health or suicidality. For individuals who are hospitalized, the experience can often be isolating and lonely leading to greater rates of depression and anxiety. This phenomenon is often poorly acknowledged and can lead to even greater health care expenditures within a healthcare setting.

In Beat of My Heart, Medical and Health Professions students lead music and dance enrichment sessions for patients at the CHKD Cancer & Blood Disorders Center to facilitate human and social connection. Additionally, students work to raise awareness of the inpatient conditions that contribute to patient depression and how the benefits of performing arts can enrich a patient’s hospital experience.

For additional details on Beat of My Heart, you can download the handout: HERE

You may also contact Community-Engaged Learning for any additional questions.

Students, report your CEL hours: HERE