Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center: Storytelling Webinars and Working with Native American Populations
At StoryCenter, we've heard time and time again from public health professionals that there's a need to put the "public" back into public health, and while many talk about community engagement, they're still seeking successful and viable ways to do this. This is what the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center (RMPHTC) said to us when they initiated a partnership to bring storytelling webinars and workshops to public health professionals across the Rocky Mountain region.
StoryCenter designed two digital storytelling production webinars for RMPHTC, one for public health professionals and researchers around the topic of mental health and another for those who work with American Indian communities. The webinars were so popular they had a wait list, and the online webinar format made it possible for a diverse group of participants to participate and make digital stories. We went on to deliver several larger webinars to RMPHTC on the topics of The Role of Narrative in Public Health, The Ethics of Digital Storytelling for Public Health and Who’s Watching? Sharing Public Health Digital Stories for Maximum Impact.
Ongoing work with RMPHTC is slated to include training for their constituents in audio story production and in capacity building for the facilitation of storytelling workshops, so that public health practitioners in the region can take narrative work out into their communities and really put the public voice back into public health.