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Updates from StoryCenter's Public Health Programs - Summer 2015

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We are pleased to present posts by StoryCenter staff, storytellers, colleagues from partnering organizations, and thought leaders in Storywork and related fields.

Updates from StoryCenter's Public Health Programs - Summer 2015

Emily Paulos

New Public Health Webinar Series Continues Through December!

For many years, the StoryCenter has been supporting researchers and community practitioners as they explore how storytelling can enhance public health promotion. Our workshop-based production methods provide support for crafting first-person narratives and turning them into videos that have been shared around the world.  This year, we share some of our best public health strategies through a series of new, two-hour webinars.

Food Dignity Workshop Participants, February 2015
Food Dignity Workshop Participants, February 2015

Stories for Food Justice

We at StoryCenter are excited to share a beautiful set of academic and community stories about paths to food justice, created through a collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture-funded Food Dignity project.

The project is a research, education, and extension effort bringing together five community-based organizations that have already been doing food justice activities within their local communities, and three universities, to learn how to create healthier and more sustainable food systems.

Representatives from Food Dignity sites around the country shared unique and touching stories from their lives, revealing the strengths of committed individuals and the challenges they face in creating long-term, sustainable alternatives to an unhealthy and environmentally destructive food system.

The storytellers will be using the stories to share their experience and expertise in community food production, access, and justice and their vision for equitable, democratic, and sustainable local food systems. We’ll be collaborating with Food Dignity on the distribution of selected stories from the workshop through our existing public health and broader storytelling networks, via YouTube and social media tools like Facebook and Twitter. 

Marie Stopes Ghana Storytellers, June 2014
Marie Stopes Ghana Storytellers, June 2014

Seeding New Conversations about Sexual and Reproductive Health … in the United States and Abroad

Have you wondered when young people’s stories and voices will be taken seriously, when it comes to public conversations about sexual and reproductive health?

The Hear Our Stories project aims to reframe public conversations about young women and sexuality, health, and reproductive rights, by enabling young moms themselves to shed light on what they go through in trying to obtain support and resources for carrying healthy babies to term and raising their children. 

And across the Atlantic, our partners from Marie Stopes International in Ghana are training youth peer educators to share a courageous set of stories by young people from around the country, addressing sexuality, relationships, health, and parenting. We set a new language-use record at this Ghana digital storytelling workshop, by producing stories in seven distinct Ghanaian languages!

Language Chart, Marie Stopes Ghana Workshop
Language Chart, Marie Stopes Ghana Workshop

Interested in learning more about how we can partner with you? Contact us today!

Sending all the best,

StoryCenter Staff