UCL Health of the Public


Creative Health

Our Creative Health Community brings together researchers from across UCL whose work focuses on health creation and understanding creative approaches to reducing health disparities.


Community-based approaches to public health are increasingly recognised as a key vehicle for tackling health inequalities. The UK’s new Office for Health Improvement and Disparities reports that with around 80% of a person’s long-term health dictated not by the care they receive but by the wider social determinants of health, tackling health inequity requires a coordinated and integrated approach across local, regional and national systems, and importantly communities. Asset-based approaches to health, including the expansion of social prescribing, offer new routes to connecting individuals with sources of support within their communities to address health prevention and health promotion.

UCL Health of the Public's new Creative Health Community will bring together researchers from across UCL whose work focuses on health creation and understanding creative approaches to reducing health disparities. The National Centre for Creative Health defines Creative Health as ‘creating the conditions and opportunities for arts, creativity and culture to be embedded in the health of the public’. Within our Community we expand this to include all asset-based approaches to health including nature and the outdoors, the built environment, design and architecture, laws and beyond. We welcome anyone from biomedicine, the sciences (life, physical, population, social, historical), engineering, education, arts and humanities to join forces to explore how asset-based approaches to health can be harnessed to improve the health of the public.

If you are a researcher working in creative health please get in touch to find out how you can work with us.

Our activities 

Termly meetings, to include:

  • Opportunities to enhance your education portfolio.
  • Discussing capacity building, new grants/calls.
  • ‘Open mic’ sessions, to present and test out your new creative idea, theory or experiment.
  • Support for early-career researchers, working with the new WHO Collaborating Centre for Arts and Health.
  • Field trips to visit and be involved in new creative health stimulus – we are open to your suggestions. 

Our network

UCL is connected to a range of wider initiatives related to Creative Health and offers the world’s first and only MASc in Creative Health.

Related organisations:

Meet our academic leads

Professor Helen Chatterjee

Helen Chatterjee
Prof Helen Chatterjee is a Professor of Biology at UCL whose research involves evidencing the impact of natural and cultural participation on health. Helen works collaboratively with a range of partners, including community, voluntary and third sector organisations and, most importantly, participants and patients, to understand how community engagement supports different aspects of health and wellbeing.

Dr Lorna Collins

Lorna Collins
Dr Lorna Collins is an artist, writer, filmmaker and Research Fellow at UCL. Her active research in arts and health began from her PhD, where she was a triple scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge University. She writes articles in several newspapers and journals. Lorna has done a TEDx talk, ‘How Creativity Revived Me’, which tells her life story and vocation, with the arts.