Public Health Webinars, Storytelling for Diabetes Care, and Digital Storytelling Training for Students and Professionals
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Trial Run of New Public Health Webinar Series Ends in December!

It’s not too late to register for the last session in our series of new, two-hour webinars, which focuses on innovative methods for story distribution, on Dec. 9.

Young People Living With Diabetes Share Their Stories

Adolescents with type 1 diabetes are at high risk for poor self-care and glycemic control, partly due to the complexity and frequency of the tasks, but also because of psychosocial and developmental barriers. Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers understand that engaging teens in telling first-person stories about overcoming a challenge in self-care helps that individual, and may also help other adolescents who view the stories, which model positive coping and problem-solving. As part of a National Institutes of Health-funded project, StoryCenter collaborated with the Medical Center last August on a three-day digital storytelling workshop with adolescents living with type 1 diabetes. The results of the research will help inform the creation of an engaging and effective web and mobile phone-based self-care support system for young people, which will be disseminated nationally. The final aim of the grant is to conduct a randomized trial of this self-care intervention. Read more about the project and view selected stories here.

Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center

Public health professionals often claim there's a need to put the "public" back into public health, as well as a need for successful models for community engagement. This is what the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC) said when they asked our public health team at StoryCenter to design and lead workshops for public health professionals across the Rocky Mountain region. As part of the project, we offered two digital storytelling production webinars for RMPHTC: one for public health professionals and researchers looking at mental health issues, and another for those who work with American Indian Nations. The online webinar format made it possible for a diverse group of participants to attend and create their own stories. We’re also collaborating with RMPHTC to offer three informational webinars: one a broad introduction to digital storytelling for public health, one focused on ethical issues in digital storytelling, and one highlighting story distribution strategies. Beyond these initial efforts, we’ll be working with the Training Center to prepare community based organizations in Colorado to lead digital storytelling workshops on their own – all part of the Center’s effort to put the public voice back into public health.

Graduate Students in Public Health Use Narrative to Reflect on Their Field Placements

Graduate-level education in public health typically involves professional field placements that test the knowledge of students within contexts and conditions of community and international settings. Reflection on field placements can become a critical part of the training process, for pre-professionals. Last month, we completed our fourth digital storytelling workshop with students at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California in Los Angeles. Participants shared stories of challenges and success in placements at a broad range of organizations. Over the years, the Fielding School has shown digital stories produced by graduate students in a range of venues, from classrooms to campus wide presentations. Admissions staff and faculty have also shared them as part of student recruitment efforts, and students have found ways to feature their stories as part of online project presentations. Read more about our ongoing collaboration with the Fielding School and view a student’s story.

Interested in learning more about how we can partner with you? Find out how our collaborative project development process works, today.

Sending all the best,

StoryCenter Staff
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