Brian Archie is team Integrator and change agent for the Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative. Since 2015, he’s helped his organization evolve from a bureaucratic task force to one solely focused on community organizing. With a particular focus on healthcare inequities, Archie and his team members have harnessed the power of narrative to bring the community closer and raise awareness around how to elevate the public narrative around racial inequities.
In this mini case study, Brian Archie, former team integrator and change agent for the Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative, shares with us how that organization has leveraged the power of narrative to organize within the community. We take a close look at how narrative can help to organize residents—as well as institutional partners—around the social determinants of health for the Niagara Falls community. You’ll learn about the powerful ways that simply telling stories became a central part of the collaborative’s efforts around seeking the deeper connections between these stories of self and so-called stories of us—the shared values, experiences, and aspirations of the Niagara Falls community.
About Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative
Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative gives opportunities to residents of Niagara Falls, New York to become change agents. The Collaborative is deeply engaged in the community, provides tools and support to residents, and partners with local businesses, non-profit organizations and faith communities to positively impact the health and well-being of the City of Niagara Falls and its residents.