The Family Story Project: Narrative, Ethics and Community Collaboration between Ronald McDonald House of Durham Families and Pre-Health Undergraduates

Denise Kendall Comer


The Family Story Project (FSP) brought together families staying at the Ronald McDonald House of Durham (RMHD) and pre-health undergraduates to co-construct narratives and visual portraits. FSP shows that narratives can be rewarding for families and offer formative, skill-building experiences for future health-care providers. FSP also demonstrates the ethical complexities surrounding community-university partnerships and health humanities, particularly regarding vulnerable populations such as children. This case study describes the FSP and lessons learned.


Medical humanism; illness; writing partnerships; children

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