The Danger of a Single Story presentation (HELI 2010)

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2010 Health Equity Leadership Institute
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  • Through experiences in writing, reading and listening to stories participants will learn about the power stories convey as well as “the danger of a single story”. Participants will develop a first-person narrative to consider dilemmas in health care. Discussion of media tools and resources for consideration with future projects.
  • “ I was telling stories that were pertinent to people’s concerns about health care and that were, to some degree, a goad to those things in charge. First person narrative is an important art form in health care and a potential player in the making of policy.” The Power of the Personal Essay in Health Policy: Narrative Matters by Fitzhugh Mullan, MD and Ellen Ficklen. In medicine, narrative matters to understand context for the patient and the remedy clinical competence can be improved with a better sense of the story going on within you, the patient and the world you both encounter.
  • Group of physician-authors also represent diversity in medicine. Collectively there is a balance of men and women, intergenerationality, and ethnicity. Authors actively practice all kinds of medicine and many serve in leadership roles. While some are fully-trained humanities scholars others have pushed their writing beyond the traditional walls of medicine. Many write blogs, write op-eds and have taken on health reform, residency work hours and other topics beyond the textbook. Popular medical topics today include pediatrics, emergency medicine, HIV/AIDS and now H1N1 narratives are emerging.
  • http://castroller.com/podcasts/TheMothPodcast/1154397
  • Dr. Ahok Khorana’s essay is published in Chapter 7 of Narrative Matters. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/full/24/2/511 A surgeon treats a patient with almost no chance of recovery. Dr. Murat Gunel is the Chief and Neurovascular Surgery Program Co-director, at the Yale Program on Neurogenetics at the Yale School of Medicine. Listen 1) to why I became a neurosurgeon 2) the prayer’s of the patient’s mother and 3) innovative moment in surgery. Think about an occurrence in which a patient, family member or friend of yours “fell between the cracks” while receiving health care.  It may also be a patient you helped care for as part of a medical team.  Write about the details of the event and how you felt about it. Think about an occurrence in which a patient, family member or friend of yours “fell between the cracks” while receiving health care.  It may also be a patient you helped care for as part of a medical team.  Write about the details of the event and how you felt about it.
  • Earlier this summer during the book discussion webinar with Dr. Audrey Young, author of
  • http://www.halfofayellowsun.com / Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the st ory of how she fou nd her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK. Duration: 18:49)
  • The Danger of a Single Story presentation (HELI 2010)

    1. 1. 2010 AMSA / SNMA / APAMSA  Health Equity Leadership Institute The Danger of a Single Story: Media Tools for Grassroots Organizing <ul><li>Katherine D. Ellington </li></ul><ul><li>e-mail: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday, January 17, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Washington, DC </li></ul>
    2. 2. Text “ America’s mission was, and still is, to take diversity and mold it into a cohesive and coherent whole that would espouse virtues and values essential to the maintenance of civil order. There is nothing easy about that mission, but it is not Mission Impossible.” Barbara Jordan
    3. 3. The Danger of a Single Story: Media Tools for Grassroots Organizing Overview <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Part one: your name, your story </li></ul><ul><li>Part two: bearing witness, telling a story </li></ul><ul><li>Part three: the danger of a single story </li></ul><ul><li>Part four: media toolkit </li></ul><ul><li>Q & A </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Danger of a Single Story: Media Tools for Grassroots Organizing <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stories matter for humanity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrative matters in medicine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your writing matters </li></ul></ul>“ Writing is an invitation to change things, to battle mortality, and to connect the little picture with the big.” Fitzhugh Mullan, MD
    5. 5. <ul><li>this program presents exemplars, who enable empathic care in the practice of medicine by offering meaningful stories from their experiences, imaginations and mindsets; </li></ul><ul><li>ultimately, these stories provide practical and valuable lessons in the intersections of illness, disease, cure healing for clinicians, practitioners, patients, teachers, and students, </li></ul><ul><li>physicians discuss their books, writing pursuits, work experiences and lives; </li></ul><ul><li>an opportunity to listen in on their storytelling may inform your understanding in the making of physicians, lessons in patient-physician relationships and communication, professionalism, bioethical competence and health policy can be explored; and </li></ul><ul><li>themes of physician advocacy and activism also emerge </li></ul>Physician-Authors Katherine Ellington Host “ Power remains in the basics of attentive listening, close reading and reflexive writing.” Dr. Baruch Dr. Firlik Dr.Mullan Dr. Jauhar Dr. Transue Dr. Verghese Dr. Bergman Dr. Chen Dr. Ofri Dr. Dean Dr. Young Dr. Peterkin Dr. Klass Dr.Watts
    6. 6. The Danger of a Single Story: Media Tools for Grassroots Organizing <ul><li>Part one: your name, your story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group formation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>When applying for a green card a professor in genetics discovers a family secret. Paul Nurse is a Nobel Laureate and the President of Rockefeller University in New York City, where he also continues to do research in genetics and cell biology (Moth Podcast) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing exercise #1 </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. The Danger of a Single Story: Media Tools for Grassroots Organizing <ul><li>Part two: bearing witness, telling a story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflections on reading of Dr. Khorana’s essay “ Concordance ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Listen to Dr. Murat Gunel’s storytelling on “ The Art of Medicine ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing exercise #2 </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. The Danger of a Single Story: Media Tools for Grassroots Organizing <ul><li>Part two: bearing witness, telling a story </li></ul><ul><li>Writing Exercise #2 - You have ten minutes. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Think about an occurrence in which a patient, family member or friend of yours “fell between the cracks” while receiving health care.  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It may also be a patient you helped care for as part of a medical team.  </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Write about the details of the event and how you felt about it. </li></ul></ul></ul>
    9. 9. The Danger of a Single Story: Media Tools for Grassroots Organizing <ul><li>Part three: the danger of a single story </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half of a Yellow Sun has helped inspire new, cross-generational communication about the Biafran war. In this and in her other works, she seeks to instill dignity into the finest details of each character, whether poor, middle class or rich, exposing along the way the deep scars of colonialism in the African landscape. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chimamanda Adichie ’s “The Danger of a Single Story” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding . </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. The Danger of a Single Story: Media Tools for Grassroots Organizing <ul><li>Part four: media toolkit </li></ul>source: http://slakhan.gnif.org/
    11. 11. The Danger of a Single Story: Media Tools for Grassroots Organizing <ul><li>Questions & Answers </li></ul>
    12. 12. The Danger of a Single Story: Media Tools for Grassroots Organizing AMSA Book Discussion Webinar with Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, DLitt (Hon), FACP Thursday, January 28, 2010 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT/7:00 p.m. MT/6:00 p.m. PT Book selection: Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, DLitt (Hon) is an attending physician at Bellevue Hospital and cofounder and editor-in-chief of the Bellevue Literary Review. Her work has been published in Best American essays, Best American Science Writing , the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, New England Journal of Medicine , and Lancet, and has aired on National Public Radio. Her previous books are Singular Intimacies and Incidental Findings. Ofri lives in New York City. You can follow Dr. Ofri on Twitter , Faceboo k and vi sit her website at http://www.danielleofri.com/ Click here to register today!

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