for Healthcare Professionals
In 2017 and 2018, The Wisdom Project partnered with the Vanderbilt Program for Inter-Professional Learning (VPIL), and Peabody College’s Department of Human and Organizational Development to develop workshops and training modules for professionals in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, occupational therapy, and social work. Topics included the development of active listening skills and cultural humility. WOE continues to offer such workshops to interested organizations.
for Community Empowerment
The Wisdom Project has also worked with various community partners, such as Patterson Park Community Center and the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) to offer workshops on community health awareness, genealogical research, cemetery conservation, and other topics as a way to foster pride and empower community members to both celebrate and gather/disseminate information about their own histories. WOE has also created a replication manual, which details our methodologies in partnership, collaboration, interview collection, and workshop facilitation to help other organizations foster relationships with the communities of which they are a part.
Qualitative Data Analysis
of Interviews of Elderly Populations
Since 2012, The Wisdom Project has conducted interviews with elderly populations from around the world, and in 2016, we began combing those interviews for qualitative data that offer insight to elderly populations’ health practices, generative lifestyles and habits, and community engagement and its impact on long-term health goals. We are currently in the process of drafting several articles for publication, as well as creating best practice guides for geriatric healthcare professionals.
Youth & Senior Programs
SAMAAP (Society of Friends of the Afro Antillean Museum of Panama) Annual Fair
In 2010 VFOA organized an African-based art workshop for the Children’s Corner. Run by graphic artist Gabriela de Marino, the workshop enabled children to learn about and work on producing their own art featuring African-descended individuals, features, and aesthetics.
With a grant from Humanities Tennessee, VFOA is leading a year-long humanities educational outreach program for economically disadvantaged youth and their families in Middle Tennessee. The purpose of this collaborative program is to provide these participants with opportunities to learn about, critically engage in, contextualize, and develop well-grounded perspectives on the history of their community by interacting with living primary sources, print primary sources, distinguished humanities scholars, educators, and creative writers.
THE WISDOM OF THE ELDERS PROJECT
The Wisdom of the Elders initiative is focused on revealing and recognizing older adults’ life- and soul-sustaining wisdoms and productively incorporating them into K-12, undergraduate, graduate and health professions education.