Collaboration in Civic Spheres

June 10 screening accents video storytelling, healthy communities

by June 1st, 2011

Get an in-person look 6 p.m. June 10th in the Chinatown Community Center at grassroots videos by South Seattle residents on nutrition and health, which are featured in an innovative digital storytelling public health campaign that will utilize online mapping and collaboration with Seattle neighborhood groups. The videos feature stakeholders from The International District, Georgetown, West Seattle, White Center, South Park, and other South Seattle neighborhoods telling their own stories about starting community gardens, finding youth sports programs for low-income families, green space and exercise, smoking and other prevention and health topics. The June 10 screening coincides with an open house at the center, and refreshments will be provided. There will be Q & A with the video producers and organizers welcome suggestions from attendees on how and where to use the videos in their community outreach effort. Some of the videos are already posted to an interim Vimeo channel and in October 2011 will be available via an online map at the Mapping Our Voices for Equality (MOVE) web page. (It currently re-directs to the interim Vimeo channel).

MOVE is a digital media and health initiative staffed by several Seattle-area non-profits with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Public Health Seattle and King County. It’s part of a program in King County and 54 other locales nationwide called Communities Putting Prevention To Work, designed by the U.S. Centers For Disease Control, and aimed at obesity and tobacco use among low-income and minority populations. Following are several of the videos.

Angela Wan shares her story of teaching line dancing to International District residents and Asian seniors at risk of diabetes.

Students at Evergreen High School in White Center decided to start a community garden to model healthy eating as an alternative to school cafeteria food and fast food.

Nhan Nguyen uses pictures and tongue-in-cheek narration to tell how his parents were prodded into exercising more when the family got a dog whose “contract” specifies twice- or thrice-daily walks.

Tasha Mosher weaves a tapestry about the importance of green space and outdoor recreation in her West Seattle neighborhood of Delridge.

For more information on the MOVE digital media health initiative, contact Natasha Freidus of Creative Narrations at 206-422-7263 or through this online contact form.

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