March 16-19, 2023







2023 International
Health Humanities Consortium Conference

Mobilizing Selves, Transforming Structures
March 16-19, 2023
Health Education Campus, Cleveland, OH

Co-Hosted by:
the Department of Bioethics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
and the Program in Medical Humanities, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Plenary Speakers

The Lion's Side: The Utilization of Storytelling for Transformation in Arts, Culture & Health

David Olawuyi Fakunle, Ph.D.

David Olawuyi Fakunle, Ph.D. is a “mercenary for change,” employing any skill and occupying any space to help elevate everyone divested from their truest self, especially those who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color. David serves as Assistant Professor of Public Health at the Morgan State University School of Community Health & Policy, Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, and Associate Faculty in the Mental Health department of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. David’s interests include stressors within the built environment, societal manifestations of racism, and the use of arts and culture to strengthen health, equity and ultimately, liberation.

Additionally, David has applied artistic and cultural practices such as Black storytelling, African drumming, singing and theater in the proclamation of truth for over 25 years, collaborating primarily with organizations in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region. Among many affiliations, David is co-founder and CEO of DiscoverME/RecoverME, an organization that utilizes the African oral tradition to empower use of storytelling for healing and growth, serves as Executive Director of WombWork Productions, a Baltimore-based social change performing arts company, and serves as Chair of the Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the first state-level commission in the U.S. dedicated to chronicling and bringing justice to racial terror lynchings.

Transforming Structure, Dreaming Futures: Yearning Toward Justice

Eli Clare

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare lives near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (also known as Vermont) where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written two books of essays, the award-winning Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure and Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, and a collection of poetry, The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion. He also has been published in dozens of journals and anthologies. Eli works as a traveling poet, storyteller, and social justice educator. Since 2008, he has spoken, taught, and consulted (both in-person and remotely) at well over 150 conferences, community events, and colleges across the United States and Canada. He currently serves on the Community Advisory Board for the Disability Project at the Transgender Law Center and is also a Disability Futures Fellow (funded by the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference.

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1:00-4:30 p.m. EDT

HAHPE Meeting

5:30 p.m. EDT

Reception in the Allen Memorial Library hosted by the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and the John P. Murphy Foundation. Participants will be able to tour the Dittrick Medical History Center.

7:00 p.m. EDT

Dr. Knock’s 100th Birthday

8:30-9:00 a.m. EDT

Registration Open

9:00-9:30 a.m. EDT

Welcome Session

9:30-10:00 a.m. EDT


10:00-11:30 a.m. EDT

Concurrent Sessions I

11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. EDT

Lunch Break (food available)
HHC Business Meeting

12:45-2:00 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Sessions 2

2:00-2:30 p.m. EDT


2:30-3:45 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Sessions 3

3:45-4:15 p.m. EDT


4:15-5:30 p.m. EDT

Plenary Session 1


On Own
Optional “Art of Seeing” Event at the Cleveland Museum of Art

9:00-10:15 a.m. EDT

Concurrent Sessions 4

10:15-10:45 a.m. EDT


10:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Sessions 5

12:00-12:15 p.m. EDT

Break/Lunch Available (can take into plenary session)

12:15-2:15 p.m. EDT

Plenary Session 2

2:15 - 2:45 p.m. EDT


2:45-4:00 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Sessions 6

4:00 - 4:30 p.m. EDT

Break/Light Reception

4:30-6:00 p.m. EDT

William Carlos Williams Poetry Award Ceremony sponsored by NEOMED


Dinner on Own

9:00-10:15 a.m. EDT

Concurrent Sessions 7

10:15-10:45 a.m. EDT


10:45 a.m. -12:00 p.m. EDT

Concurrent Sessions 8

12:00 p.m. EDT

Boxed Lunches Available (can take into closing session)

12:15-12:45 p.m. EDT

Closing Remarks

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, all participants–whether in-person or virtual–will need to register. Everyone who is registered will have access to the virtual sessions and to the session recordings, which will be available on the website for one month after the conference concludes.
The deadline for Early Bird (reduced price) Registration is Wednesday, March 1, 2023. The deadline for all in-person registration is Thursday, March 16, 2023. We can continue to register online participants throughout the conference.
You do not need to be a member of the HHC to register for and participate in the HHC Conference. However, please note that HHC Members receive discounted registration rates. If you would like to register for membership (which runs one year from date of purchase), please go to Annual membership prices are $100 for individuals and $25 for students.
We have three tiers of pricing for the conference: the regular registration rate, a rate for contingent faculty and independent scholars, and a rate for students and trainees. Additionally, prices differ significantly for in-person vs. virtual participation. We are not able to wholly waive in-person registration given the costs involved, particularly for food. However, if participants are facing financial hardship, they may request a registration waiver for virtual conference access by writing
The in-person portion of the event will take place in the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic’s Health Education Campus, specifically the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, located at 9501 Euclid Ave. Cleveland, OH 44106. The event will be hybrid with nearly all sessions fully available for online participation.
The only exceptions to the above include the opening night event on Thursday, March 16th which will take place at the Allen Memorial Medical Library and which will not be recorded, an optional “Art of Seeing” event on the evening of Friday, March 17th which will take place at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and possibly a workshop or two if they do not lend themselves to virtual participation.
We have rooms reserved at two conference hotels, the Residence Inn by Marriott Cleveland University Circle/Medical Center and the Courtyard by Marriott Cleveland University Circle. Please see the Local Info page for more information about the conference venue, travel, and lodging.
The closest airport is the Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport (CLE), located approximately 16 miles from the Health Education Campus.
The conference will take place in the Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Students are absolutely welcome to attend the conference, but will need to register. We have reduced prices for students and trainees.
We are no longer accepting proposals.
Nearly all sessions will be recorded, and the recordings will be available to registered participants via the conference website for one month following the conference. Exceptions include the opening evening event on Thursday, March 16, the optional Art of Seeing event on Friday, some workshops that will not be offered in hybrid format, and any sessions where the presenters did not consent to be recorded.
We will be following the Case Western Reserve University COVID policies and procedures during the conference. The HHC Conference Committee’s bottom line: UP-TO-DATE VACCINATION AND MASKS OVER THE NOSE AND MOUTH ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED AT ALL TIMES WHILE INDOORS. Social distancing is encouraged. We recommend a negative COVID-19 test 24 hours before in-person attendance at the conference. If you are feeling ill, please attend virtually. COVID-19 is not over for any of us, but those who are immunocompromised are at higher risk of serious illness. As a community we can do our part to make our conference as safe as possible. These guidelines are subject to change depending on COVID-19 conditions.
As the conference is hybrid, we will be happy to switch your registration to virtual. If this switch takes place in advance of two weeks before the conference begins (Wednesday, March 1, 2023), then we can offer a partial registration refund (the difference of the in-person registration and lower online registration). If you need to switch to hybrid within two weeks of the conference, you are absolutely welcome to, but we will not be able to refund any part of your registration as catering orders will all have been confirmed.