Claire de Boer

Director, Humanistic Medicine, Arts in Health
Penn State College of Medicine and PSH Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Claire de Boer holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and an MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University.  She has led arts and education programs in Ithaca, New York, mid-coast Maine and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  In 2011, Claire fused her storyline into one culminating project: to found an Arts in Health organization in a large medical center. She has since developed great reverence for the magic of the performing, visual and participatory arts toward health and wellbeing. Claire is a founding board member of the National Organization of Arts in Health (NOAH). She is passionate about NOAH’s initiatives, particularly to “walk the walk” regarding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; to develop credentialing for professional artists in health; and to grow the research base that measures the impact of the arts on health. Besides her work, her passions are open water swimming, long-distance cycling, yoga, ensemble music, languages and fiber-arts.