Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative (NWNMC) is developing Narrative Scribe Training. Titled Signal & Noise: Scribing in the Margins, the curriculum builds on narrative medicine practices of listening and witnessing. Participants are given hands-on practice with the listener’s role and will come to understand how listening to another person’s story is an action rather than a neutral act. Participants will discuss and explore how this applied skill can help to heal social suffering in their communities.

“This training and especially the final panelists inspired me to continue with the sciences with more trust that what I learn will actually have application to the things I care about eventually. It gave me hope.”
–participant feedback via post-training survey


The Narrative Scribe Training Pilot was held in February 2021. This year’s training is tentatively scheduled for Feb 18-19, 2022.


Last year, 66 Lewis & Clark students participated in the training. This year, we welcome LC students from courses including the Narrative Medicine Practicum and Public Health. In addition, we are inviting OHSU med students and other health professions graduates to participate in the day-long training.


Check this space for registration and more detailed training information. If you are an LC community member and have questions about incorporating this training into a course or registering to participate, please reach out to Alexis, our Community Engagement Coordinator, who is also a member of the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative.

Narrative Medicine: The Lost Art Of Active Listening

Narrative medicine is the practice of listening, absorbing, metabolizing and being moved to action by stories of wellness and disease. When put into practice, this involves treating a patient as a whole person, rather than just as their illness.

Read the full story by Aidan D’Anna on the LC Pioneer Log.

VIDEO: How the Humanities Can Save Humanity

Panel Discussion Presented by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

In celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month (#NAHM), Elizabeth Alexander, president of the Mellon Foundation, moderated a wide-ranging discussion with artists Mel Chin and Allison Janae Hamilton and writer-photographer Emily Raboteau about how the humanities are tackling the interconnected challenges of climate change, public health, and racial injustice, among other pressing social justice issues.

The Lewis & Clark College Center for Community and Global Health is supported in part by a Mellon Foundation grant, Healing Social Suffering Through Narrative. 

Connect with the Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative

The Northwest Narrative Medicine Collaborative welcomes patients, health care professionals, clinicians, caregivers, writers, artists, and scholars in the practice of Narrative Medicine.