Our Voices Have Power: A Storybanking Guide

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If there's one thing we've learned after warding off attacks on the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid this year, it's that personal stories make all the difference. Our movement is strongest when we amplify the voices of people whose health care is at risk. Images of people in wheelchairs being physically removed from the U.S. Capitol by police and of massive health justice rallies in major cities across the country dominated the headlines. Stories of people of all ages and backgrounds facing substance use disorders or chronic health conditions with the help of the ACA and Medicaid flooded social media. As advocates for an equitable health care system that works for everyone, we want to lift up a broad range of stories to illustrate the impact of policies on people’s everyday lives.

Rarely will you meet someone with a relevant story at the exact moment you need it‒like when you're launching a social media campaign or writing an op-ed for your local paper‒so it's important to make connections with people you meet and catalog their stories for future use in a way that's organized and efficient. We call this process "storybanking."

But storybanking is no easy task. It requires time and patience to maintain an active storybank. But learning about storybanking best practices and strategies can help put advocates on the path to storybanking success. That’s why we've put together Our Voices Have Power: A Storybanking Guide to help you get started and maintain an effective storybank. With this toolkit, we hope you can enhance your organization’s storytelling and strengthen your advocacy even further.

Click here to download the toolkit!

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