Storytelling for Change
A Self-Paced Online Training for Immunization & Other Health Care Professionals
[use invite code: sfchange2021]
Deadline to Register: Monday, September 13
“The day I finished this course, I was asked to present at a national executive meeting. Using the narrative style, all that I could hear after the end was a powerful applause I’ve never received during a presentation.”
Boost Community Member & Storytelling for Change Alumni
The Boost Community, in partnership with People Power Health, is pleased to announce that we will again be offering a 5-week self-paced online (via mobile phone) course, Storytelling for Change, to Boost Community members starting Monday, September 13.
Why does storytelling matter? The era of COVID-19 coupled with the rise of digital communication and social media has amplified messages of vaccine misinformation and disinformation, contributing to diminishing confidence in vaccines. Immunization professionals have been forced to grapple with challenges of vaccine confidence while simultaneously demonstrating their ability to counter misinformation with facts. Moreover, immunization and health care professionals face the challenge of introducing a new coronavirus vaccine while maintaining routine immunization services and will need to access cohorts of individuals not previously reached by EPI programs including adults, the elderly and vulnerable populations.
Stakeholder engagement and mobilization is crucial to effectively address and overcome these challenges. Depending on the context, this may include people such as parents, government officials, teachers, religious leaders, and youth groups, to name a few possibilities. Engaging stakeholders to take action requires more than the mastery of facts and statistics. Storytelling is how we inspire others to join us in taking action.
What will I learn? Grounded in the practice of social movements and activism, Storytelling for Change provides an opportunity for immunization professionals to learn new skills to generate public emotion, values and action.
By the end of the training, you will:
Understand how storytelling and narrative can influence people’s emotions and actions
Be able to develop a personal story to motivate people and institutions to support immunization activities
Learn how to create stories that will empower your community to act together
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Who is it for? If you are an immunization or healthcare professional responsible for engaging with different stakeholders then this is a perfect program for you.
When is it? The program will launch on September 13, 2021, and finish on October 22, 2021.
How much time will I need? This program is pre-recorded and requires 2-3 hours per week.
What type of technology do I need? The course is delivered through a mobile phone platform called EdApp. In order to participate, you need a smartphone or tablet (e.g. Android or iPhone) and access to WiFi to download the lessons. You may also participate on your desktop computer, although we recommend using the mobile phone for a better experience.
How do I register? Create your account through EdApp and enter the invite code: sfchange2021 (please watch this short video that will walk you through the process). Once you are logged in, you will get access to a short introductory course that will prompt you to fill out the course registration form, help you learn the EdApp features and answer any questions you might have about certification or course requirements.
Is there a certification? Upon successful completion of all lessons and assignments, participants will receive a certificate of completion issued by Boost & People Power Health.
How much does it cost? The Storytelling for Change training is FREE for Boost members.
How can I receive support? Please join this special Boost Telegram channel for this course to ask the Boost team your technical questions or email us at [email protected]. You can also register for the course info session on Thursday, September 8 at 1:00 PM GMT to learn more about the course and how to register.