Healing through art
Art therapy can help relieve stress, reduce anxiety and improve quality of life. Creative arts are used to assist healing by offering tools for self-expression while the patients and their families cope with symptoms, stress or traumatic experiences.
UC Davis Cancer Center
UC Davis Cancer Center strives to meet the needs of those facing cancer, including for self-expression and inner healing. The center's Outreach Research and Education Program offers special courses for healing through art, writing and gentle movement. schedules art and writing therapy programs for cancer patients and their families. Art therapy classes help child cancer patients deal with their emotions. In addition, Writing as Healing is a weekly writing group for those touched by cancer.
UC Davis Children's Hospital
Because the act of creating art can be therapeutic as well, UC Davis Children's Hospital’s Child Life Program has an art therapist, Hannah Hunter, who works with young patients in pediatric wards. Engagement in creation of art offers children a restorative diversion that can stimulate their creative energies and boost their spirits through immersion in color, texture and form. The art sessions, which are open to patients and their family members, give patients an opportunity to mingle and socialize in a supportive and relaxing environment.
UC Davis MIND Institute
An art collection at the UC Davis MIND Institute (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) consists entirely of works produced by artists — both children and adults — who have neurodevelopmental disorders. The art is also featured in the book Art of the MIND, which is available for sale.
"It's not about the art; it's about expressing yourself in a new way."
—Elaine Bowers, UC Davis Cancer Center art therapist
Art is an effective and touching way for these artists to share what their worlds are like. Their work also helps inspire the institute scientists and clinicians who are closing in on causes, new treatements and preventions for conditions like autism, fragile X syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning disabilities.
Places to stay
Ronald McDonald House
Ronald McDonald House is located on the grounds of the Sacramento campus. Guests come to the Ronald McDonald House through a referral system. Referrals are accepted from the social workers at all of the local hospitals, emergency rooms and doctor's offices. About three to five days before the family is due to arrive, the family will receive a call from the social worker's or doctor's office to confirm their stay if a room is available.
Each family is asked to donate $20 per night or whatever portion they can afford. No one is ever turned away for their inability to pay. For more information, please call 916-734-4230.
Kiwanis Family House
Pediatric patients and their families, who often travel long distances to receive treatment at UC Davis Children's Hospital, may be eligible for low-cost lodging near the hospital in the Kiwanis Family House. The Kiwanis Family House is located on the grounds of the Sacramento campus and offers inexpensive family accommodations with individual bedrooms, kitchen facilities, bathrooms, laundry, pay phone, and hook-ups for recreational vehicles. Kiwanis Clubs from around the Sacramento region provide financial support and volunteer staff for the facility.
Residency in the Kiwanis Family House is determined by the Department of Clinical Social Services and is by referral only. Families of patients at UC Davis Medical Center and Shriner's Hospital, Sacramento, please call Social Services 916-734-2234 for a referral.
Specially discounted hotel rates are available at:
The Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Midtown
4422 Y Street, located on the UC Davis Sacramento campus near UC Davis Medical Center
Hotel Med Park, Sacramento
2356 Stockton Boulevard, located across the street from UC Davis Medical Center
Call for assistance
For assistance in locating accommodations for yourself or your family prior to, during or following your stay at UC Davis Medical Center, call between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.1-800-2-UCDAVIS