Prescription Joy (‘Rx Joy’) is a new healthcare clowning nonprofit in the New Orleans area. Around the globe, healthcare clowning is used as an approach to healing that is applicable in a variety of institutions from hospitals to retirement homes. In these environments, clowning is used to help heal the body and the mind. Prescription Joy’s healthcare clowns employ humor and human connection to aid in the healing of people under extreme amounts of stress and pressure. Currently, our clowns visit Children’s Hospital and Ochsner's Hospital for Children with a view to more visits in more hospitals.
Through clowning, Prescription Joy aims to help reframe hospitals as places of healing rather than places of sickness. Through education, we aim to assist healthcare, child protective services, and law enforcement professionals to connect with patients, victims, and families in new and playful ways. Finally, Prescription Joy works towards informing the public with free community health talks featuring local health experts.