This is a snapshot of a service learning course founded on narrative medicine, a clinical practice designed to replace impersonal care with empathic listening. By utilizing poetry therapy techniques among nursing home populations, a program called HPU LifeLines promotes a community literacy of illness and provides psychological and physical benefits to elders and students alike through intergenerational relationships sustained by a community writing infrastructure.
Walker, Allison S. “Narrative Medicine: Community Poetry Heals Young and Old.” Community Literacy Journal, vol. 11, no. 1, 2016, pp. 138–45, doi:10.25148/clj.11.1.009256.