The Use of Narrative Practices in Health Equity Education

Dr. Irène P. Mathieu is a primary care pediatrician at the University of Virginia, where she is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and an Assistant Director of the Program in Health Humanities. She earned a BA in International Relations from the College of William & Mary before completing a Fulbright research fellowship in the Dominican Republic. She then attended Vanderbilt University Medical School and completed residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she was a Global Health Track resident. She is currently completing her Master’s of Public Health at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Mathieu has conducted mixed methods and community-engaged research in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and the USA. An invited scholar in the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV) program, she currently leads a youth participatory action research team to address the adolescent mental health crisis in central Virginia.

Dr. Mathieu is also the author of three poetry collections – Grand Marronage, which was selected as Editor’s Choice for the Gatewood Prize and runner-up for the Cave Canem/Northwestern book prize; orogeny, which won the Bob Kaufman Book Prize; and the galaxy of origins. Her fourth collection, milk tongue, is forthcoming in 2023 from Deep Vellum Press, and she is at work on a novel for middle schoolers. Dr. Mathieu serves as an editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine’s humanities section, and she has received creative writing fellowships from Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She leads youth poetry workshops, teaches undergraduate and medical student courses in literature and medicine, and has given lectures on using the humanities as a tool for health equity education at various institutions. Dr. Mathieu’s creative and advocacy work has been featured on NPR, LA Times, Doctors Who Create, #MedHumChat, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Philadelphia Inquirer, KevinMD, and many other media outlets and publications.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the evidence for narrative medicine and its impact on educational outcomes
  2. Understand the unique role of narrative practices in education about health equity


  • Irène Mathieu, MD

This seminar was delivered as a Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on September 14, 2022.

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