Health meets Arts, Culture & History

Health meets Arts, Culture & History

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
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The vision of the project is to improve psychiatric patients’ life by offering them a training program so they can develop the emotional, social and intellectual skills needed to live and work in the community. In particular, patients will be provided with the skills necessary to perform basic job functions within museums and cultural sites run by “Scuola Medica Salernitana” foundation.

Enabling persons with serious mental illness to live a normal life in the community causes a shift away from a focus on illness towards a focus on a functioning social role which includes social relationships, work and leisure. Therefore the community will change the perception of mental illness while psychiatric patients will see their social role recognized within the community.

About Project

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The project wants to achieve community development by helping community members to change the perception of mental illness and recognize the social role of each community member. In order to achieve this goal, the project brings all community members together in a place where people’s life can be enriched by artistic and cultural experience. Arts, history and culture inspire us, bring us together and teach us about ourselves, and the world around us. People visit museums and cultural places for a variety of reasons; regardless those reasons, visitors interact in an environment pushing them to be more open-minded. As a result,community members will be encouraged to overcome prejudice against psychiatric patients and recognize their social role in the community.
Impact: How does it Work

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The project wants to offer a training program specifically designed to develop the social, intellectual and technical skills needed to interact within a work-environment and work in the community. The training program combines theory and practice and includes work experience within one of the cultural sites run by Scuola Medica Salernitana. Patients will be trained to be Museum assistants, Customer assistants, IT Assistants and Book-shop assistants. The training program takes into account patients’ history as well as their unique needs so that each patient will be trained on the most suitable job position. The project has 3 main stages: 1. Training program Teachers and therapists will help patients to regain and strength interpersonal and social skills while teaching the skills necessary to perform basic job functions. Since day one patients will become familiar with the work-environment where they are going to work. 2.Work experience (under tutor supervision) During the second stage, patients will start to work under tutor supervision. The goal is to enable patients to perform job functions with the least amount of professional support, while developing their job skills further as well as their often untapped inner resources. 3.Work experience During the third stage patients will be able to do their work experience independently within one of the cultural sites run by “Scuola Medica Salernitana” Foundation.
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Scuola Medica Salernitana Foundation
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Organization Name

Scuola Medica Salernitana Foundation

Organization Phone

+39089795028; +393394646756

Organization Address

Via Roma - Palazzo di città, 84100, Salerno

Organization Country

, SA

Country where this project is creating social impact

, SA

How long has your organization been operating?

1‐5 years

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What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

Tell us about the community that you engage? eg. economic conditions, political structures, norms and values, demographic trends, history, and experience with engagement efforts.

Salerno, located in the South of Italy, is the main city close to the "Amalfi Coast", which includes the famous towns of Amalfi, Positano, and other tourist attractions. In the 16th century, under the Sanseverino family, amongst the most powerful feudal lords in Southern Italy, the city became a great centre of learning, culture and the arts, and the family hired several of the greatest intellectuals of the time. The city is mostly known for its Schola Medica Salernitana, the first Medical school in Europe.
“Scuola Medica Salernitana” foundation (S.M.S) is a non profit organization based in Salerno. The foundation aims at protecting the scientific, cultural and historical heritage of ancient “Schola Medica Salernitana”. The foundation is committed to support medical and scientific research as well as initiatives aimed at improving community’s wellness. The project will engage psychiatric patients and their families, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapeutics, visitors to the museums and other cultural sites, as well as the whole community.

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

Scuola Medica Salernitana (S.M.S) foundation has been founded on April 16, 2007. Institutional participants include the Chamber of Commerce of Salerno, Provincia di Salerno and Bastyr University, Seattle (USA).
To achieve its goals in the field of scientific research and health care, the foundation supports scientific research, train persons and promotes initiatives aimed at improving community’s life. S.M.S works closely with University of Maryland (USA) within the European Research Institute of Autoimmunity, Inflammation, and Neuroscience (ERIAIN). In the field of arts, history and culture, the foundation runs various cultural sites including “Roberto Papi” Museum, Virtual Museum of the ancient Schola Medica Salernitana, and Minerva Gardens, the first botanical garden in Europe for cultivating plants for therapeutic use.
The project has been conceived by Giulio Corrivetti, President of the Board of Directors at Scuola Medica Salernitana. Giulio has been working as a psychiatrist within the last 25 years. As a psychiatric and Health Manager within a Local Health Centre, he gained extensive experience in treating psychiatric patients and rehabilitating them. Last spring he was attending an exhibition at Minerva Gardens. When he was there, he realized that some of his patients, as long as properly trained, could easily perform basic work tasks such as distributing leaflets, giving basic information. As a result he considered organizing a training program specifically designed to help psychiatric patients to work sucessfully in the community.

Social Impact
Please describe how your project has been successful and how that success is measured

In order to achieve its goals, Scuola Medica Salernitana (S.M.S) works closely with public organizations and universities such as University of Maryland, Baltimora (USA) and Bastyr University, Seattle (USA). In particular, Scuola Medica Salernitana collaborates with University of Maryland within the European Research Institute of Autoimmunity, Inflammation, and Neuroscience (ERIAIN).

Since 2008, S.M.S has been delivering a Postgraduate Course on Celiac disease called “The celiac disease: from treatment to management”. The Postgraduate course is very successful and is organized in partnership with University of Maryland School of Medicine (Baltimora, USA) and Marche Polytechnic University (Ancona, Italy). S.M.S also collaborates with Bastyr University (Seattle, USA) to deliver a successful training program on Natural Medicine. Moreover all the cultural sites run by the foundation are very popular and are visited by both tourists and community members.

S.M.S will use the skills and experience gained by organizing previous training programs to deliver a first class training program to enable psychiatric patients to work and live in the community.

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How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?


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S.M.S identify specific training goals, then select patients and assess their needs and strengths. Finally the training program start.

Task 1

Select psychiatrics, therapist and teachers involving in the project. Identify specific training goals and objectives. Choose an appropriate approach and develop a training program

Task 2

Select patients participating in the training program. Assess patient needs and strengths. Identify the job position which each patient will be trained on.

Task 3

Start the training program.

Identify your 12-month impact milestone

After evaluating program’s effectiveness, S.M.S promotes the project through local media and cultural events, so that local community are sensitezed of the issue of patients'social exclusion.

Task 1

Evaluate the program’s effectiveness on an ongoing basis. Adjust the training program if needed

Task 2

Promote and diffuse the initiative in order to sensitize local community awareness of the issue of social exclusion

Task 3

Further relationships with local authorities and Local Health Centers

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

The project itself covers three years. At the end of the first year, patients will start to do their work experience under tutor supervision. At the beginning of the third year, patients will be able to work independently within one of the cultural sites run by S.M.S.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

Lack of interest from local community and local authorities
The project will show them that social exclusion weaken the community, while recognizing the social role of psychiatric patients makes community stronger. The project wants to offer a concrete opportunity for community development.

Tell us about your partnerships

The foundation works closely with Local Health Centers and local authorities

Explain your selections
How do you plan to strengthen your project in the next three years?

Continued development of the project will allow S.M.S to educate community on the value of helping vulnerable people and avoiding social exclusion. In particular, S.M.S aims to:

- Diffuse the project through local media, cultural events and social networks. The foundation web site will thus host a section dedicated to the project,

- As well as collaborating with local health centers, local authorities and job centres, the foundation will try to develop effective partnerships with a range of regional and local organizations, so that patients can be placed in suitable jobs at the end of the project

- Coverage in a semi-national popular press publication

- Influence other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practice.

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Influenced other organizations and institutions through the spread of best practices

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