Participants in the L&M program strengthen communication skills and increase empathy for patients.


Literature & Medicine: Humanities at the Heart of Health Care® is a national award-winning reading and discussion program that has helped health care professionals across the country improve their communication and interpersonal skills while increasing their cultural awareness, empathy for patients, and job satisfaction.


Since the program’s inception in New Jersey in 2005, numerous hospitals have taken part in Literature & Medicine

As one participant writes, the Literature and Medicine discussion format “renews the heart and soul of health care,” giving healthcare workers the opportunity to see through another person’s eyes, and to break down the hierarchies among doctors, nurses and administrative staff that can impede care. By helping healthcare workers at all levels better understand their patients and each other, Literature & Medicine improves the quality of healthcare in New Jersey.

Applications for Fiscal Year 2019 are not currently being accepted.  However, please check back for updates.


The following institutions are participating in 2018:
  • Morristown Medical Center, Morristown
  • Mountainside Hospital, Montclair
  • Overlook Hospital, Summit
  • Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark
  • Daughters of Israel, West Orange
  • Newton Medical Center, Newton
  • Christian Health Care Center, Wyckoff
  • Barnabas Health, Livingston
  • Preakness Healthcare Center, Wayne
  • Victoria Mews, Boonton


How do I bring Literature & Medicine to my healthcare organization?

NJCH funds a select number of Literature & Medicine sessions each year. If your organization is interested in applying through the subsidy program, contact Jason Allen to obtain specific eligibility and application information. If the subsidy program is unavailable, the program is available for purchase.

How long does the program last?

Generally Literature & Medicine is six guided monthly, 1 hour sessions. The program facilitator works with the organization’s Project Director to confirm scheduling, materials, and content.

Who attends Literature & Medicine?

The Project Director at the host site works with various departments to bring together a diverse group for the Literature & Medicine sessions. Nurses, CNAs, doctors, therapists, LPNs, administrative staff, custodians, education staff and other facility personnel can all benefit from participation.

HUMANITIES TO GO are our "grab and go" offerings. Based on your organization and desired topics/formats, we offer programs, often subsidized by our federal and corporate funding, so that you can bring high quality humanities programs to your audiences.

At NJCH, we believe that everyone should have access to humanities programming. That's why we created Humanities to Go. We want the humanities to be able to come to you.

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Jason Allen
Director of Community Engagement 
609.695.4838, ext 220