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The Society for Participatory Medicine (SPM) and the Health Story Collaborative (HSC) are partnering during this time to bring the power of storytelling to health care and explore what it means to practice participatory medicine in times of COVID-19. Please read the below and share your stories.

In coming weeks watch for other collaborative activities including two moving and powerful patient stories co-hosted by SPM, HSC and Inspire, and an interview with Danny Sands, SPM co-founder and Annie Brewster, Health Story Collaborative founder with stories from the front lines.

From Health Story Collaborative

We would like to hear from you and share your stories!

Health Story Collaborative is a non-profit organization whose mission is to harness the healing power of stories.  Our belief, supported by research, is that storytelling is healing for both story sharers and listeners. As we collectively navigate all the challenges we are facing during this pandemic — isolation, risk, sickness, anxiety, fear–our mission of healing through stories feels even more imperative.  Through sharing stories, Health Story Collaborative aims to foster connection and reflection.  You may view our collection of stories by clicking here.

Please consider sharing your story about coping during these challenging times, navigating illness or facing a health challenge, or of being a care provider during these uncertain times. We believe that a story can be told in many ways. We welcome poems, essays, visual art, music, audio clips, or any other creative medium you choose.  Please visit our website for more information regarding our guidelines for story sharing.  Depending on the volume of stories received we cannot guarantee that all stories will be published, but selected submissions will be featured on our Blog.   Regardless of its publishing status, we believe there is value in the process of creating a narrative.

Please share your story with us by emailing us at  We look forward to hearing from you!



The Health Story Collaborative Team



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