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Knowledge, Narratives, and Numbers: Strategic Storytelling as a Foundation toward Transformation (Self Paced-No CE)



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PLEASE NOTE: No CE or certificate are available in this free version of the course.

If you are seeking CE or a certificate of completion, you will need to enroll in the paid CE version

This self-paced training serves as an opportunity to explore how: (1) structural and implicit biases, (2) incomplete, non-human-centered narratives, and (3) the persistent undervaluing of Indigenous voices uphold power imbalances in data collection in public health.

Presenters will explore why, how, when, and where transformational change must occur in data collection and management to truly center historically excluded people, their communities, and the health equity work that they continue.

These human-centered conversations will allow participants to explore practical case studies, hear from nuanced subject matter experts, and have an opportunity to reflect upon their own experiences. It is recommended to complete the accompanying self-paced training, “Shift Your Power: Advancing from Transactional Practices to Transformational Progress”, prior to or concurrently with this self-paced.


This series is designed for public health professionals, including public health nurses, at State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Health Departments (OT21-2103 grant recipients) and their partners as a part of the National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities. It is also available for individuals working in public health, particularly those in governmental agencies.

Learning Outcome

At the conclusion of the training, participants will be able to assess growth in self-reported knowledge about storytelling as a public health communication practice through a post-training evaluation using a 4-point Likert scale.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the importance of storytelling in effective public health communication
  • Identify best practices to capture all components of a story
  • Explain the role of democratizing data in improving quantitative data collection processes
  • Describe how to apply inclusive storytelling best practices in order to start shifting power from dominant narratives to inclusive and racially just narratives


John Oeffinger, BA, Director of eLearning and Training, Texas Health Institute

Mary Ann McNair, BA, Program Director, StoryCenter

Rocky Lane, AAS, Creative Consultant, SwirlBaby LLC

Libby McClure, PhD, MS, Health Data Analyst, DataWorksNC

Jamison Green, PhD, Author, Owner & President, Transgender Strategies Consulting

Darwyn Largo, MPH, Research Coordinator, University of Washington


This training is co-provided by the Region V Public Health Training Center and the National Network for Public Health Institutes.

The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($970,593). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by Region V PHTC, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

This course was supported by funds made available from the National Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce through cooperative agreement OT18-1802, Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health award #6 NU38OT000303-04-02. Funding for this project was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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