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Storytelling Series: Dissemination of Research through Storytelling

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David Olawuyi Fakunle, PhD

Dr. Fakunle is a self-described “mercenary for change,” willing to employ any talent and occupy any space to elevate anyone who feels divested from their truest self, particularly People of Color. David earned a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is currently Associate Faculty in the Mental Health department and serves as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine. David’s research interests include stressors within the built environment, manifestations of institutional racism in society, and the utilization of arts and culture to strengthen health, equity, and ultimately liberation.



Dissemination of research findings is critical to the adoption of evidence-supported interventions within specific settings of practice or community. It can, however, be challenging to effectively communicate these science-backed practices and behaviors to a broader audience. It is therefore important to utilize tools that have proven to be effective in attracting people’s attention, the oral tradition of telling a story that leaves a lasting impression for listeners.
The purpose of this session is to provide the basic tenets of storytelling as a tool for dissemination of research. As part of the Storytelling Seminar Series, this session will additionally act as the introduction for ICTR’s offering of a subsequent skills-building workshop in the art of storytelling as a modality for disseminating research to a lay audience. This introductory session and the subsequent skills-building workshop are being offered to interested researchers and community stakeholders.


  • To  introduce the core elements of storytelling
  • To  elucidate the importance of language, particularly when conveying scientific work to a non-scientific audience
  • To discuss how to relate research to the real (i.e., not hypothetical, theoretical, or conceptual) circumstances of populations.



Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research Community Collaboration Core and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing’s PROMOTE Center and the Center of Innovative Care in Aging.


Additional Information

Contact Cyd Lacanieta, Assistant Director for Stakeholders Engagement, at

and visit the ICTR Community Collaboration Core Website.


November 05, 2020


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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