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.
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