Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Digital Storytelling and New Media, Event Explores Power of Digital Technology in Hands of Young Mothers in Need

We heard today from CCAHTE subscriber, Catherine Moravac, Clinical Research Co-ordinator at Women's Health Care Centre, St. Michael's Hospital Toronto. Catherine contacted us to share news about the Hand-Held conference in Toronto and film and new media projects making a difference for young mothers experiencing homelessness. CM

You are invited to a unique one day event...HAND-HELD is an [un]conference that explores how digital storytelling and new media can be harnessed to improve health care when the tools of creation are placed in the hands of citizens. For one day, HAND-HELD brings together health-care professionals, academics, media-makers, politicians, advocates, decision-makers,and young parents who have experienced homelessness.

March 20th MaRS Centre 101 College Street, Toronto

HAND-HELD will showcase the remarkable results of I WAS HERE, a photoblogging project that puts digital cameras into the hands of young mothers who have experienced homelessness to document their lives through their own eyes. Their work will be the starting point for discussions throughout the day:
  • How can we improve the health of young pregnant or parenting youth who are homeless?
  • How can the I WAS HERE media workshop model inspire innovation elsewhere in health-care?

Confirmed participants include The Honourable Deb Matthews (Ontario Minister for Youth and Child Services), Tonya Lee Williams, (an actor best known for her role on The Young and the Restless, and a tireless advocate for a strong Canadian Media Industry) and Dr. Michael Evans (Director of the Health Media Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital).
The day-long event is the culmination of a three-year experiment in socially-engaged media-making, the National Film Board of Canada's Filmmaker-in-Residence project at St. Michael's Hospital.

Presented by the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital and the National Film Board of Canada

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