Strips & Needles – A Day in the Life responds to a staggering reality — nearly half of all people in the U.S. experience direct, adverse impacts of diabetes. The project benefits patients and families living with diabetes, health care providers and the general public. Building community, raising awareness and humanizing the patient are but a few impacts that translate into long-term, lasting impacts, particularly within the health care community.

Art from the Strips & Needles ExhibitThe project is a narrative art and medicine initiative centered on the installation of 365 Lucite panels. Each panel encapsulates the syringes and test strips used by the artist each day. A digital story loop will play alongside the installation, connected to a participatory station for visitors to share their own stories and ideas.

A primary goal of this project, is to create a humanizing opportunity for health care providers and students of medicine and allied health fields to reflect and reconsider the patient. Delivering a project that incorporates the visual arts, digital arts and narrative nonfiction storytelling, enables participants experiencing the exhibition to step outside of their everyday routine so they can reflect and reconsider their actions. Then, they can step back in. When they do, we hope to have achieved a primary goal of this project — to create long-term impacts on health care provider’s thinking and actions in patient care. This means humanizing clinical care and recognizing our patients’ individuality.

Through events that use the exhibition as a catalyst for dialogue, programming will:

  1. Bring hidden rituals of the disabled into the purview of the public.
  2. Elicit the curiosity of viewers to promote interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM).
  3. Promote the human element in health care.
  4. Drive public dialogue about health and wellness.

This exhibit will be on display in the lobby of the Health Sciences Education Building from the start of September to the end of November.