Presented by: Renee Bergstrom
As a member of the ACH Patient Engagement Committee, I struggled with how to make a variety of patient voices heard within our organization. Then I participated in a group video production at the StoryCenter in Berkeley, California in May, 2018. Throughout that process, I thought of applying it to engage patients in educating ACH faculty and FITs plus healthcare providers in their home institutions. The theme for Winter Course 2019 focusing on the traumatization of certain patients made me more convinced that the stories we need to hear are not coming from the public that would become ACH members or attend our courses. Yet, we need to hear from them directly in a respectful atmosphere, honoring their experiences. Brief videos may be a way to engage patients in our ACH educational offerings.
Mariya Taher, founder of Sahiyo—an organization empowering Asian communities to end female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C)—invited me to join eight other women narrating our experiences. “These nine women, who differ in race/ethnicity, age, and citizenship/residency status, each shared a story addressing a different challenge with FGM/C. …We are hosting online and in-person screenings across the U.S. —the collection is woven together with a united sentiment and a joint hope that the videos will build a critical mass of voices from within FGM/C practicing communities, calling for abandonment of the harmful practice.” Video playlist: http://bit.ly/SahiyoStoriesVids
The variety of voices in the Sahiyo series serves as an example of what can be done with patient stories. The second hour of the Winter Course workshop will be devoted to creating a 300-word script, imagining how to illustrate it and discussing implications for practice.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able:
- To reflect on engaging patient trauma stories through focused videos
- To appraise existing videos
- To write a story script
- To discuss the Story Telling process and feasibility for ACH