The Centre has built a close relationship with the Royal Society for Public Health since being established in 2005. Collaboration led in 2008 to the introduction of the RSPH Arts and Health Awards. These have continued and are now an important element of the RSPH national Health & Wellbeing Awards recognising innovation and excellence in the field of public health practice. The Centre also took the lead in establishing the RSPH Special Interest Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing in 2015.
Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive of the Royal Society, acknowledged the value of the partnership with the Sidney De Haan Centre at the ceremony to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Canterbury Christ Church University in 2014:
We are very proud of our work in arts and health. Our relationship with the University and the Sidney De Haan Research Centre has been very strong and we are pleased to be a part of the developing evidence base around the subject of using arts for improving general health. I think that this a very important day and I am delighted to be able to celebrate it with you all in this historic moment.
The Centre has also worked in close collaboration with NHS Trusts, Public Health and NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across Kent and Medway on a number of projects. The Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust, the East Kent Community Trust, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust, Medway Community Healthcare, and Kent Public Health department, have all supported research work on: singing and older people, singing and mental health and singing and respiratory illness.