Healing Justice is Social Justice: Narrative Medicine


Healing Justice is Social Justice: Narrative Medicine

Khaalisha Ajala, assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine, with Meredith Gordon, clown and actor 

How can you HEAL me if you won’t HEAR me? 

Students employed the use of narrative and patient interview to tell a story about the experience of minority groups in the U.S. and underrepresented medical students. Through this project, students came to understand the impact of the patient’s experience within the world of medicine and how it affects health outcomes.

This culminated in the theatrical performance “How can you HEAL me, if you won’t HEAR me?”, expressing patient & provider experiences in healthcare settings as well as a visual art installation which reflected the experience of “Black America at the Doctor’s Office”.