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Diabetes talking circle with children

Since 2005, the Native Diabetes Wellness Program, in partnership with the Seva Foundation, has supported Diabetes Talking Circles throughout Indian Country, conducted by Lorelei DeCora, RN, BSN (Ho-Chunk/Winnebago Nation, Nebraska). For more information, visit the Diabetes Talking Circles Online Tutorial

Inspired by the power of talking circles and the Eagle Books messages and characters, the Native Diabetes Wellness Program is developing new stories, which talking circles with youth have helped to inform.

Stories To Reach, Teach, & Heal

Stories To Reach, Teach, & Heal Booklet

Over the ages, and across cultures and continents, stories have served to reach, teach, and speak for people in times of hardship and illness. Stories from diverse cultures speak of human resilience, survival, resistance to oppression, and empowerment. Such stories are often drawn from deep wells of wisdom and adaptation.

Recognizing the power of stories, and with the input of diabetes educators, master storytellers, and people with diabetes CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation has developed a new guide: Stories To Reach, Teach and Heal: A Guide for Diabetes Health Educators. The stories illustrate additional ways health educators can use storytelling to share wisdom and inspire people to develop healthy coping skills and problem-solving abilities.

Stories To Reach, Teach, & Heal CD

The booklet offers guidance on ways to incorporate story sharing into one-on-one or group diabetes education classes, into clinical practice and in helping patients deal with challenging circumstances. Community leaders may also find suggestions for outreach activities using story sharing to stimulate discussion of how diabetes affects their communities as well as actions for diabetes prevention and control. Stories To Reach, Teach and Heal includes an audio compact disk (CD) in an inside cover pocket with recordings of 11 stories used in this publication as told by master storyteller and diabetes care advocate Cathy Feste.

As a public domain publication, Stories To Reach, Teach and Heal is copyright-free and can be reproduced without special permission.

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