NEA and NIH co-host live webinar on new funding opportunity on culture and health

Webinar will focus on new funding opportunity on the arts and social sciences from the National Institutes of Health

You are invited to a live, public webinar

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, EST

How does culture affect health-related beliefs and practices? Artists and arts organizations may help answer this question through a new funding opportunity from the National Institutes of Health. This Request for Applications (RFA) will support research projects that bring together teams of social and behavioral researchers and arts and cultural experts to gain new insights into the relationships between culture and health. NEA co-hosts this webinar with the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the National Institutes of Health. Bill Elwood of OBSSR will present this grant announcement from the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network  (OppNet), a trans-NIH initiative that funds activities to build the collective body of knowledge about the nature of behavior and social systems.  Also joining the webinar are several NIH program directors who serve as scientific contacts for the OppNET RFA. This is the first-time the NIH has embedded the arts into an OppNet RFA on the social sciences.

For more than a year, the NEA Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development has brought together federal agencies – including the NIH – to promote more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life. This OppNet RFA aligns with the NEA Task force goals.

The NEA and the Interagency Task Force periodically host public webinars to share compelling research, practices, and/or funding opportunities for research in the arts and human development. Task Force members include representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and other agencies and departments.  More information on the Task Force can be found at

Guests and speakers

  • Sunil Iyengar, Director of Research & Analysis, NEA, will moderate the webinar
  • Bill Elwood, Coordinator, NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet)
  • Eva Caldera, Assistant Chairman for Partnership and Strategic Initiatives, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Dorothy Castille, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), invited
  • Richard Jenkins, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
  • Lana Shekim, The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
  • Alan VanBiervliet, National Library of Medicine (NLM)

How to join the webinar

The webinar is free and open to the public.  No registration is required.

Media may RSVP to Sally Gifford, NEA Public Affairs Specialist at 202-682-5606 or

To join the webinar, go to  and check the “Enter as Guest” radio button. Type in your name and click hit “Enter Room” to join.

You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @NEAarts with the hashtag #NEAtaskforce.

An archive of the webinar will be available on Monday, October 8, 2012 at

About OAAE

Since our founding in 1974, by Dr. Dick Shoup and Jerry Tollifson, our mission has always been to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Working at the local, state, and federal levels through the efforts of a highly qualified and elected Board of Directors, our members, and a professional staff we have four primary areas of focus: building collaborations, professional development, advocacy, and capacity building. The OAAE is funded in part for its day-to-day operation by the Ohio Arts Council. This support makes it possible for the OAAE to operate its office in Columbus and to work statewide to ensure the arts are an integral part of the education of every Ohioan. Support for arts education projects comes from the Ohio Arts Council, Ohio Music Education Association, Ohio Art Education Association, Ohio Educational Theatre Association, VSA Ohio, and OhioDance. The Community Arts Education programs of Central Ohio are financially assisted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Greater Columbus Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the financial support received from each of these outstanding agencies and organizations.
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