Abstract

Between May 2009 and October 2010, four week-long cancer education courses were provided for 35 community health workers (CHWs) from throughout Alaska. This project explored how cancer-related, digital stories created by CHWs supported their learning journey and provided a tool to share cancer health messages with people in their communities. Digital storytelling combines storytelling with computer-based technology to bring the power of the media to community members. End-of-course written evaluations and qualitative interviews revealed that combining digital storytelling with cancer education was feasible, culturally relevant, and enhanced participant learning.

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digital storytelling, Alaska Native, cancer education, adult education, community health workers, cancer communication, health technology

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Jun 10th, 1:35 PM

“It’s Our Voices” Cancer-Related Digital Stories by Alaska’s Community Health Workers

Between May 2009 and October 2010, four week-long cancer education courses were provided for 35 community health workers (CHWs) from throughout Alaska. This project explored how cancer-related, digital stories created by CHWs supported their learning journey and provided a tool to share cancer health messages with people in their communities. Digital storytelling combines storytelling with computer-based technology to bring the power of the media to community members. End-of-course written evaluations and qualitative interviews revealed that combining digital storytelling with cancer education was feasible, culturally relevant, and enhanced participant learning.