Beyond Better

Beyond Better is an interdisciplinary, multi-media public medical humanities effort that seeks to destabilize ableist narratives in American healthcare through oral history, storytelling, and art. You can follow our work on Instagram @TheBeyondBetterProject.

Afterlives of pandemics, Past & Present

"Afterlives of Pandemics, Past & Present" is Beyond Better's inaugural initiative. Through the collection of personal narratives from those who have lived through pandemics, past & present, "Afterlives of Pandemics," places stories of contemporary experiences into historical perspective. We're also excited to recruit illustrators and animators from the disability community to work with us to create and share original visual art works that will help explore the experiences of our interview participants.

Beyond Better: The Podcast

Each of our summer '21 interns was challenged to create a project that was informed by the work that we were doing. Sophia Lockwood (@soploc) was inspired to create a podcast that invites people to learn more about the project and to take a more introspective look at the last year. Click the image to check it out!


Jessica Martucci and Britt Dahlberg are well-established interviewers, story tellers, and public humanities scholars. This project, launched in July 2020, is part of a longer-term dream the two have shared of bringing the lens of disability to public history around issues of equity, inclusion, and social justice in health and science.

jessica martucci, PhD

I completed my PhD in the History and Sociology of Science, and later earned a Masters degree in Bioethics, at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to launching Beyond Better, I spent three years leading an Oral History Project that documented the experiences of disabled Scientists.

britt dahlberg, PhD

I completed my Phd in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Before BeyondBetter, I co-designed and led the five-year REACH Ambler Project to use ethnography, oral history, and theater to open up spaces for public dialogue about environmental risk and uncertainty in social and historical context.

Stay in the loop and follow us on Instagram! You can also see what we've been up to by visiting our Gallery page to read more about the images and stories we're collecting.

Events & NEws

December 10, 2020 - Call for participants. Make history with us and share your COVID story.

March 2, 2021 5pm EST - Live & Recorded Interview on "Covid Calls" with Professor Scott Knowles: discussing the Beyond Better Project, and Disability and Covid:


Facebook Live


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Make history with us and share your COVID story!