The Center for Public Health Practice and the APHA Health Communication Working Group present the Health Communication Matters Webinar Series!
As part of National Public Health Week 2015, we presented a webinar highlighting the power of storytelling as a public health tool in preventing our most pervasive chronic conditions: diabetes and obesity. Our panel featured community workers and researchers doing work in vulnerable communities from two cutting-edge projects.
Natasha Huey and José Vadi shared the exciting work being done through The Bigger Picture campaign, a collaboration between Youth Speaks, and the University of California, San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations. The Bigger Picture, designed to combat the rising epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes, empowers youth to change the conversation about the disease, and works to change the social and environmental factors that have led to its spread. Participants learned how they've inspired young people to give voice to their stories using spoken word, and to motivate positive action.
Researchers Jayme Hannay and Rob Dudley, from the Salud America! PhotoVoice project, worked with teens to empower them to tell their own stories, using cameras to document topics of urgent community concern, (e.g., an abundance of vacant buildings) and develop an action agenda. Teens built on their photo stories by raising awareness in their community and engaging with policy makers, health professionals, and community leaders to create a healthier environment. Participants learned how teens' photos, and their reflections and stories about them, resulted in policy changes.
After this session, participants will be able to:
- Describe the steps involved in motivating youth to participate in storytelling projects
- Acquire practical tools and examples that they can use to apply Photovoice in their own communities
- Share tips for success in using stories or developing similar projects
- Use storytelling to help make the U.S. the healthiest nation by 2030
The Health Communication Matters Series will help participants in all walks of public health to apply techniques to communicate effectively with consumers, health professionals, disenfranchised communities and your public health peers.
Questions? Want to learn more about upcoming events in the Series? Please visit: sph.berkeley.edu/health-communication-matters-webinar-series