On today’s episode we talk about the Our Story New Hampshire project. Kirsten Durzy and Sarah Kennedy McPhee joined Jodi to talk about this exiting project that captures stories across New Hampshire via multiple media and from multiple sectors of life, experience, feelings, hopes and thoughts of life during, before and in anticipation of a post-pandemic reality. Ethics and equity are an integral part of this project; the stories first and foremost belong to the storyteller, not to the project, key partners, or collaborators. The project is informed and led by a Project Council with expertise in Public Health, Community Engagement, Media and Journalism and Equity.
Kirsten Durzy, MPH is a public health professional who has provided expertise in strategy, governance, community engagement and facilitation in various public-private collaborations and coalitions across New Hampshire. Kirsten is passionate about health equity, equitable evaluation and research methods and has done extensive work in the areas of narrative first-person storytelling. Kirsten currently leads the OurStory NH storytelling project!
Sarah Kennedy McPhee, MPH, (she/her) has worked in public health for over 20 years, specifically in sexual and reproductive health, in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts, within public and private sectors. Sarah currently works as a freelancer wearing multiple hats in public health, voiceover and storytelling. In addition to public health, Sarah is also a professional voiceover artist. Using her background in theater, Sarah lends her voice to children’s books, medical copy and telephone scripts, among other genres and projects. Sarah is a certified digital storytelling facilitator and enjoys working with communities to create spaces for people to tell their authentic stories. Storytelling is the connective thread in all of Sarah’s professional endeavors, as she believes authentic stories help to promote positive social change.
Our stories, our health, and our ability to be well are all intertwined. If you want to join our classes to learn more about managing your chronic conditions and how your mental health can be impacted, head to https://www.snhahec.org/upcoming-workshops.html for classes starting soon! And you can sign up for Walk with Ease any time at www.startwalkwithease.org/nhdhhs