Why do you do what you do? Trainers from Prevention Speaks asked that question on Feb. 22 as they worked with more than 30 representatives of the Jefferson County Department of Health and other participants of the Health Action Partnership — including the Community Foundation.
The topic was “story” and the challenge was to find the stories in each one of us that express the reasons and motivations for great work like an expanded greenway master plan, innovative ways to get to school, health education through radio soap operas and ordinances to create tobacco free places to live and safe streets to bike and walk along. All these are great outcomes of the Health Action Partnership through national programs, including the federal Communities Putting Prevention to Work and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Kids Healthy Communities.
What stories show the strength of this effort and provide the power the sustain them for the future? The group learned a lot about how to identify, organize and tell the stories that sometimes get buried under facts and figures or technical jargon.
If you’ve been listening to the stories shared by Champions for Health, you can look forward to hearing even more from this newly educated and inspired group. We want to hear your story too — about the mother whose child gets up 30 minutes earlier because she wants to catch the “Walking School Bus” or the announcement of the new name the greenway master plan created through Our One Mile.