TMC Community Health adds digital storytelling to tool belt
WINDOW ROCKJennifer Gorman’s struggles with sexual identity and college depression pushed at the edge of her mind for their chance to come into the world.
“I have been wanting to tell these stories for a while,” Gorman told the Navajo Times.
At the Digital Storytelling Workshop presented last week by Healthy Native Communities Partnership, Inc. for Tséhootsooí Medical Center Community Health staff, she got both of those stories out of her system.
“So, when the opportunity came to sit down and say, ‘OK, this is what we want to get done,’ I already pretty much knew what I was going to talk about,” she said. “So it was just a matter of refining it.”
She had never had experience with video before, but the training gave her the skills to do that refining.
Gorman, a wellness center coordinator and fitness specialist at TMC, created “I Feel Your Pains” and “Coloring Relationships” over the course of the three-day training held at the Quality Inn.
Participants showed each other their creations on the third day of the training. Gorman said the first and second days held some challenges for her, despite how well her colleagues received her two stories.