Can Art Influence Global Health Policy?


  • Patrick Fafard University of Ottawa



art as political intervention, social movements, global health policy, global summits, public policy theory, emotion


This article examines the influence of art on global vaccination policy, with a special focus on contemplative art, designed to get us to look at issues differently, and advocacy art, making the case for quite specific policies or programs. Ultimately it argues that because policy choices are influenced by ideas and emotions, there is room for art to be indirectly influential when combined with action by social movements, at least those built around specific diseases.

Author Biography

Patrick Fafard, University of Ottawa

Patrick Fafard is Full Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa and Associate Director of the Global Strategy Lab. He has had an extensive career in both academia and government. His public service career includes several years as an executive with the Government of Canada and work for three provincial governments, including serving as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Commission on Medicare (2000-2001). Patrick is the author, co-author, and editor of publications dealing with health, trade, and environmental policy as well as a series of studies on federalism in Canada. His work has appeared in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Canadian Public Administration, and Evidence and Policy. His current research includes work on the role of senior public health leaders in Commonwealth countries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the governance of organ donation and transplantation in Canada, and the challenge of developing public health political science.




How to Cite

Fafard, P. (2020). Can Art Influence Global Health Policy?. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies, 11(2), 193–216.