Department of Health Services Administration
Gliner Center on Humor Communication and Health
The Gliner Center on Humor Communication and Health seeks to translate humor practices into multi-generational, multi-cultural health related programs that address community need through promising practices, education, and applied research.
NEW MULTI-DISCIPLINARY COURSE WINTER SESSION 2012 for undergraduate students from various disciplines
HLSA391, HUMOR YOUR WAY TO GOOD HEALTH
Discover your own humor talents while exploring the many aspects of humor practices including jokes, performance arts, graphic expression, story telling, anecdotes, and games. Explore public health issues, social determinants of health and health behaviors. Translate humor practices into multi-generational, multi-cultural health programs that address community need. Inter-active and reflective class sessions, scholarly readings related to various academic disciplines, collaborative multi-disciplinary teamwork, and application of scholarship to practice in community based sites.
• Humor Your Way to Good Health programs for children, families, educators and healthcare providers focus on healthy eating and physical activity.
• Humor and Health programs for community members, students and health professionalsfocus on using humor to cope with disability, chronic illness, and the end of life.
• Fascinating World of Birds programs enhance science education of elementary school students by using humor as a vehicle for teaching about biology and environment.
• Leadership training programs prepare community members to conduct Humor Your Way to Good Health programs in their communities.
• Research focuses on translating humor studies and research into practice and strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that enhance health.
• Classes are conducted for UMD students on how humor relates to the disciplines they are studying.
• Lectures and workshops are presented on humor communication and health.
* Interactive exhibits are displayed at Maryland Day and community health fairs.
* The Art Gliner resource collection is available at Hornbake Library.
* Tapes of workshops conducted by Art Gliner are available through the Gliner Center.Tapes include: Humor for the Health Professional, Improving Your Speaking Voice, Finding Humorous Material, Humor for Public Speakers, Humorists and Audiences, How to Think Funny, Transcend Your Training with Humor, The Art of Humor, Humor and the Sales Professional, Humor and Productivity in the Workplace.
Simson, SP, Wilson, LB., Ruben, K.A., Mitchell Thompson, L (2008). Humor Your Way to Good Health. An Intergenerational Program to Address a Critical Public Health Issue: The Epidemic of Overweight and Obesity among Children. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. 6(1) 2008, pp 83-100.
Simson, SP (2006). Humor Your Way to Good Health. Maryland’s Healthy School Tool Kit: Your Guide to Building a Foundation of Wellness. Maryland State Department of Education: Baltimore, MD. pp. 160, 173.
Simson, SP, Ruben, KA, Mitchell Thompson, L (2005). Humor Your Way to Good Health Training Manual. University of Maryland: College Park, MD.
Simson, SP, Ruben, KA, Mitchell Thompson, L (2005). Humor Your Way to Good Health Instructional Manual. University of Maryland: College Park, MD.
ABOUT ART GLINER
Art Gliner is a well-known humorist and professional speaker who has been teaching and training people in practical uses of humor since 1976. He has conducted workshops for hundreds of corporate and government organizations and has been a presenter at numerous national and international conventions and humor conferences. Mr. Gliner received the prestigious annual Legends of the Platform award at the Veteran Speakers Conference in August 2004. The Award presentation said:
“Remembering Our Past…
…Developing Our Future
When the history of our great profession is examined, may the truth of our beginnings be told to those who would grace the platform.
Though orators and lecturers created our history and were our forebears, the legends of modern professional speaking were a pioneering breed whose technique had no benchmark.
We salute you Art Gliner
Your creativity, improvisation, a risk taking, and willingness to share have set a standard for those who seek “The Platform.””
Sharon P. Simson, PhD
Director, Gliner Center for Humor Communication and Health
Research Professor, Department of Health Services Administration
3310G University of Maryland School of Public Health
College Park, MD 20742