CHLA Conference 2014


StoryCon 2014

StoryCon 2014 - Call to Action
Friday, April 11, 2014
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

As public health leaders, we are charged to see health in all its facets, synthesize what we see, and tell the stories of the communities we serve. The Center for Health Leadership Association (CHLA) had an afternoon full of storytelling and skill-building that inspired us to help drive change!

We heard thought provoking stories from expert storytellers like Dr. Hector P. Rodriguez, Amanda Cooper, Julieta Kusnir, and Kiril Stoimenov and from our graduate student storytellers. We built our skills in crafting and framing our own stories. 

For a taste of what occurred at StoryCon 2014, watch our promo video at


Guest Speakers

Dr. Hector P. Rodriguez, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management
Associate Director
Center for Healthcare Organizational and Innovation Research (CHOIR)
UC Berkeley School of Public Health

Story Crafting
Amanda Cooper
Lightbox Collaborative 

Story Framing for Advocacy
Julieta Kusnir, MPH
Strategic Communications Specialist
Berkeley Media Studies Group

Improv for Creative Confidence
Kiril Stoimenov


Student Storytellers

Kunchock Dorjee, PhD, Epidemiology 

"The Story of TB Among Tibetan Refugees in India"


Justin Jones, MPH/MPP, Health Policy and Management

"I Am Big Blue" 



Margae Knox, MPH, Health Policy and Management

 "Navigating the US Healthcare System"



Diana Marangu, MPH, Global Health, University of Washington 

"Fighting for Children's Health"



Juan Nie, MPH, Global Health, University of Washington 

"China's One-Child Policy and Induced Abortion of Females"



Rachel Sklar, MPH, Environmental Health Sciences

"Mizikannou: A Story of Music and Resilience in Haiti"



Aileen Suzara, MPH, Public Health Nutrition 

"Writing the Way Home"