Havana, Cuba

International Congress:

Diseases and Rehabilitation of Professionals in the Arts

July 18 – 22, 2016



Dear colleagues and friends: 

With great satisfaction the National Center of Rehabilitation: "Julio Díaz", it summons to the International Congress: Diseases and Rehabilitation in professionals of the art, to take place from the 18 to the 22 of Julio the 2016, in the Center of Conventions of Havana. 

The Organizing Committee intends in this encounter to gather the professionals of the health, and of the arts, as well as all the interested ones in the health of the artists, to carry out an exchange in the scientific-technological field, medical, educational and investigative attendance of the tecnopatías of the art, and to upgrade us in the most novel results at national and international level, on the diseases in the artists and rehabilitation. 

We wait for them in the summer of the 2016, in the Cuban capital. 


Dr. Luis Felipe Heredia Guerra 

President of the Organizing Committee. 


Past Program

Health and Safety in the Arts in Cuba Program

Havana, Cuba January 24 - January 31, 2016

Sponsored by:

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Health in the Arts Program


Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA)

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to visit Cuba and have personal experiences with outstanding members of Cuba’s arts culture, while learning about the health issues faced by these professional artists. Participants will engage backstage with the Cuban National Ballet, National Symphony, Buena Vista Social Club, and other treasured members of the Cuban arts world.  

This is a very special trip. For the first time in over 50 years, we are able to visit Cuba on a “people to people” license which allows all those who are interested in learning about health and safety (H&S) issues in the arts to join us. This means that interested spouses and family can join us this year.

PAMA and UIC staff will be present to guide the experiences. They will ensure that participants at all levels are able learn about health issues related to work in the arts and participate in hands-on workshops with artists.  

Past attendees have included international experts in the treatment and prevention of occupational disorders in the arts. Many have returned repeatedly and are willing to share their impressions with prospective participants.

Space is limited so sign up now to save your place! 

The program in Cuba includes plans for:

• Behind-the-scenes access to performance spaces, studios and teaching facilities.

• Meetings and discussions with Cuban artists and arts leaders about H&S issues.

• Discussions with Cuban healthcare professionals and Public Health leaders.

• Formal discussions by participant experts on prevention and treatment in the arts.


All those who are interested in health and safety in the arts in Cuba


Dave Hinkamp, MD, MPH dhinkamp@uic.edu

University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Health in the Arts Program  


Julie Massaro executive@artsmed.org

Executive Director, PAMA

Download the Health and Safety APPLICATION for 2016


Until we have a final group and confirmed activities, we cannot give firm costs.  However, from past trips and expected program activities, the following costs can be estimated:

Miami / Havana / Miami
$550  estimated roundtrip fare 
Includes U.S. Departure taxes and Cuban health insurance for the length of your stay
Charter flight costs for 2016 have not been announced but we estimate at this amount.

$75 per person (not applicable for participants born in Cuba) 
NOTE:  Participants from outside the U.S. may make their own arrangements for air and visa.  They should arrive by Saturday, January 25, and make their hotel reservation for Saturday night.  The group program begins on Sunday, January 26. We will leave for Cuba early Sunday morning out of Miami.

2016 PROGRAM and LAND ARRANGEMENTS (estimates)
With accommodations at the Hotel Nacional Standard
               $2,630 per person in a double room            
               $2,875 per person in a single room    
With accommodations at the Hotel Nacional on the Executive Floor   
                $2,930 per person in a double room          
                $3,175 per person in a single room  

7 nights at the historic Hotel Nacional 
Transportation during the week by air conditioned bus 
Bi-lingual Cuban guide 
Breakfast daily 
Welcome Lunch, Farewell Dinner, some other meals 
Program activities and professional visits (to be confirmed)

An invoice with final costs will be sent to participants in December.  

Prices are going up in Cuba. Make sure to take advantage of this opportunity before prices rise even further.

Download the Health and Safety APPLICATION for 2016

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