The Importance of Social Justice Storytelling in the Current Era
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The Importance of Social Justice Storytelling in the Current Era

Recent attacks on immigrant and refugee rights through the Trump Administration’s attempt to enact its travel ban, as well as the proliferation of hate groups over the past year, make clear the need for public health practitioners to stand in solidarity with those being targeted, and support alternative voices and visions of justice. At StoryCenter, we’re deeply committed to this work, and we’re developing several projects focused on preserving and protecting the rights of immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ communities, and women. We’ll be sharing information in the coming months about how our public health colleagues can get involved in these and related efforts, so please stay tuned. 

In the meantime, in light of the likely impact of the global gag rule on women’s health and rights globally, we again share these news items and courageous women’s stories from our Silence Speaks initiative, prepared for last year’s “16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.”

Image from Anna Paskausky's "Open Door," created in a Nurstory workshop.

Nurstory Project Continues in 2017

Thanks to a generous grant from the Colorado-based Seedworks Fund, our Nurstory project is expanding its efforts to bring digital storytelling into the realm of nursing education and practice in the coming year. In the fall of 2016, Nurstory led workshops focused on social justice nursing and on the impact of the opioid epidemic on healthcare and nursing. This year the project will focus on integrating digital storytelling into the curriculum at schools of nursing around the country. We’re also getting ready to offer a free Nurstory webinar, to introduce practicing and student nurses to the role that personal storytelling can play as a form of reflective practice and self-care. Visit the beautiful Nurstory page on our web site to learn more.

Image from Julie’s “Just Maybe,” created in the ReMIX workshop.

Project ReMIX: Young Moms Share Stories of Family, Relationships, and Health

In January, we had the chance to revive our collaboration with EngenderHealth by supporting peer educators with their U.S.-based Re:MIX Sexual Health Education Program in creating digital stories. Re:MIX trains young parents to conduct high school and community-based education sessions that teach adolescents to maximize their strengths, explore their identities, and imagine a healthy future for themselves. We led a group of amazing Re:MIX peer educators through a three-day digital storytelling workshop, offered as part of their ongoing professional development training and as a chance to support them in representing themselves in their own words, in their own way. The participating peer educators and other EngenderHealth staff will be sharing the digital stories in the coming months, via community-based public screenings, classroom presentations in concert with the Re:MIX curriculum, and online. View the Re:MIX stories now.

New on the StoryCenter Blog:

An Interview with Sarah Davis of the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, about using storytelling to put the “public” back into public health.


Dates for our 2017 Public Health Workshops have been set!

This year, we’re offering a selection of free, one-hour introductory sessions and more in-depth webinars, to support public health practitioners and researchers in understanding how storytelling and participatory media can become key strategies for community engagement, communication, and advocacy. Register now to reserve your spot.

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Sending solidarity and compassion during these unsettling times –

The StoryCenter Public Health Team
February 2017

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