Practical Applications of Humanism

In this section you will find access to our database of practical applications of humanism and information about Gold Foundation-funded programs that promote this kind of work.

Do you have practical approaches or projects related to humanism in healthcare that are being implemented successfully?  Please share a resource here.

Practical Applications of Humanism Database

This Gold Foundation database collects practical tools, best practices, curriculum, videos, journal articles, and more, all focused on putting humanism into practice. Projects funded by Gold Foundation Programs are represented here alongside the work of Gold Foundation awardees.

  • Each entry highlights an individual project or program
  • Search by keyword or filter by topic or program
  • Click “view” for to read the project description and access attachments
  • Export a summary

Instructions for how to use the database.

Humanism in Health and Healthcare Course

Developed in partnership with Oakland University’s William Beaumont School of Medicine, the competency-based course can be easily used by medical and nursing schools or individual students around the globe, at any time, on the platform. Faculty may also use the curriculum as the foundation for their own class focused on humanism in healthcare.

Find out more here including how to access the course.

More Resources

Community Toolbox – These toolkits help you get a quick start on key activities in community work, including creating partnerships, assessing community needs, advocating for change, and more. Find outlines of key tasks, examples, and links to more detailed instructions.



Clinician slumped against a wall with the quote by Dr. Vivek Murthy "If we fail to act, we will place our nation's health at increasing risk."Our Clinician Wellbeing section offers a variety of clinician wellness resources including articles, programs, and podcasts, and practical approaches.



Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism section includes access to the Dismantling Structural Racism Course, content drawn from our library of Gold Human InSight Webinars, recorded conference sessions, podcast episodes, art galleries, toolkits, and more, that related to promoting healthcare equity.


What if your doctor could prescribe you a poem, or your therapist could refer you to a museum? Each of these could contribute to your health and well-being, which is what the practice of “arts on prescription” aims to do. This Arts on Prescription Field Guide, assembled by collaborators from the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Mass Cultural Council, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Harvard University, offers an in-depth resource for communities that wish to formally integrate arts and culture into health and social care systems.

For related resources, visit the art, design and humanities collection.

Project Funding from the Gold Foundation

Many of the projects found in our Practical Application Database feature initiatives funded through current Gold Foundation programs:

as well as past programs of The Gold Foundation’s Research Institute:

It also highlights the work of Pearl Birnbaum Hurwitz Program awardees.