Public Health Storytelling Center


Have you been able to tell your public health story yet? Do you belong to an organization or a small group of Kansans who are promoting health and wellbeing in your community? Telling stories is a great way to show others what you are doing to promote health, reduce health disparities and improve outcomes for Kansans. Story by story, we have so much to share and learn from one another.

These Storytelling Modules can help you in the storytelling process:

"Voices for Health Equity" Project

KDHE programs work to promote and improve the health of all Kansans through shared leadership and collaboration across the public health system in order to reduce identified and emerging health disparities among racial, ethnic, tribal and underserved populations.

In 2012, KDHE’s Center for Health Equity facilitated a storytelling project called Voice for Health Equity. KDHE invited communities to share their stories about what they are doing to reduce health disparities. The Voices for Health Equity project helped the Center for Health Equity showcase how local communities identify health disparities and describe what is being done to reduce differences in health status and promote equal opportunities for better health. Some groups within communities have a greater burden of disease and poorer health than others. Health disparities are caused, in part, by the conditions in which we live, learn, work and play. Poverty, lack of health care, pollution, unsafe streets and violence are some of the things which impact the health of many Kansans because they get in the way of making choices for better health.

Videos from the 2012 Voice for Health Equity storytelling contest are featured in the media clips below.


Free Wheels for Kids - November 8, 2012
In the urban core of Kansas City, recreational opportunities for children are limited at best. Parents are concerned about gangs, traffic, violence and a lack of infrastructure to support safe travel. Combined with low-income levels, these conditions severely limit the ability of families to seek out healthy opportunities for children. FreeWheels for Kids is an exciting new program which is fighting childhood obesity by getting more kids on bikes more often and more safely. For more information, contact, Benjamin.e.alexander@gmail.com.

KDHE Program Resources: 
www.Safekidskansas.org

Discount bicycle helmets are available for community programs. Contact us at:  Safekidskansas@kdheks.gov or 785-296-0351.



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Research and Training Center for Independent Living  July 22
We are proud to present the fourth of five winning stories included in the Voices for Health Equity Project:  “Living Well With a Disability”.  The Research and Training Center on Independent Living identifies health disparities for individuals who are diagnosed with disabilities.  Through the voices of Veronica Thigpen, Dianne Bradley, and others, we learn of the challenges experienced by individuals living with disabilities and their successes in being healthy.  For more information, contact, Research and Training Center on Independent Living: http://www.rtcil.org

KDHE program resources: Disability and Health Program http://www.kdheks.gov/disability/index.htm



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Rosedale Development Association July 6
Community Baby ShowersWe are proud to present the third of five winning stories included in the Voices for Health Equity Project:  “Healthy Kids Initiative”.    The Rosedale Development Association (Kansas City neighborhood) identifies the rising epidemic of childhood obesity and overweight in Kansas as a health disparity.  Through a Children’s Wellness Carnival and a number of other events, community members are increasing opportunities to make Rosedale “the place where the healthy choice is an easy choice.” For more information, contact:  Rosedale Development Association: http://www.rosedale.org/

KDHE program resources:  Physical Activity and Nutrition Program http://www.kdheks.gov/bhp/pan/index.htm



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SIDS Network of Kansas – “Community Baby Showers”  June 22, 2012
Community Baby Showers Health disparity:  Infant mortality.  SIDS Network of Kansas, Wichita.   Reducing infant deaths by promoting prenatal care and access to services, safe sleep practices, health and safety information, and much more.   For additional resources, contact: SIDS Network of Kansas http://www.sidsks.org/ ; the Kansas Blue Ribbon Panel on Infant Mortality http://kansasinfantmortality.org/.


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Barry's Stroy”  June 8, 2012
Barrys StoryHealth disparity:  diabetes.  Heartland Community Health Center, Lawrence.  Promoting equity in diabetes prevention and treatment for community residents. For more information, contact Heartland Community Health Center, http://heartlandhealth.org/;  KDHE diabetes resources: http://www.kdheks.gov/diabetes/index.htm or http://www.kansasdiabetesactioncouncil.org


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