I am facilitating a writing workshop on December 2 that will provide opportunities to to WRITE, REVISE, and SHARE your stories of health and healthcare during a global pandemic. The workshop is part of a larger project to provide spaces for telling COVID-19 stories. As the workshop description explains:
The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a bright light on all the ways in which our current healthcare system is broken – provider burnout and stress, patient access, inefficiencies, cost, etc. Most importantly, this public health crisis has made it impossible to ignore the systemic racism and inequities that have always existed in our communities, our institutions, and even in our professional and personal relationships. In response to this, we have created Together Well, a story campaign highlighting the ways that connection, collaboration, and community can help rebuild a new system that centers the human experience, and promotes health, justice and wellbeing for all.
The workshop is part of the regular Community of Practice of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative. The Collaborative brings together patients, health care professionals, clinicians, caregivers, writers, artists, and scholars to hone our narrative medicine skills, including the capacities to “recognize, absorb, metabolize, and allow ourselves to be moved by stories of illness and health.” We do this to humanize caregiving and to support individual healing and collective change. Our collaboration with Together Well recognizes the power of story to help individuals make sense of their pandemic experiences and to mobilize us to address problems in health care that are made even more apparent by this crisis.
Join us! The event is free and open to all, though enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. My workshop is from 6 to 7:30 pm (PST) on December 2 and there is a similar session offered 3 to 4:30 pm (PST) on that same day by Dr. Elizabeth Lahti.