7 C’s Initiative hosts workshop in La Crosse to help healthcare professionals connect with stories

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – The 7 Cs Health Initiative will hold a Winter Tales Workshop to help people who have great stories stored within themselves but don’t necessarily know how to unclog them.

Terry Visger of Bluff Country Tale Spinners will open the workshop.

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the La Crosse County Health and Human Services Auditorium in La Crosse, as well as on Zoom.

“Storytelling is a popular activity here at La Crosse, but it’s still not an easy thing to do,” said Nikki Kvam, a health educator who coordinates the coalition.

“Many coalition members and health professionals have great stories to tell but don’t know how or can’t always get to a live workshop, especially in rural areas,” Kvam said.

The 7 Cs health initiative covers six counties in addition to La Crosse, including Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon.

During the interactive workshop, participants will learn not only the structure and elements of a story, but also how to identify their story, write it, flesh it out and convey emotion.

Storytelling is a powerful tool that humanizes data, draws emotion, creates social connections and is culturally transferable, Kvam said.

Opening the workshop will be storytelling guru Terry Visger of La Crescent, Minnesota, of the Bluff Country Tale Spinners.

The training will be provided by Teale Greylord, coordinator of smoking disparities and health equity at the Wisconsin Department of Health Service.

The workshop is open to all coalition members representing any community challenge or cause, as well as public health professionals.

Registration can be done for online virtual version and for the in-person session at [email protected]

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