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Healing Story Session National Expansion: Request for Proposals


Request for Proposals:

Project Developer: Healing Story Session National Expansion


Background: Health Story Collaborative, a nonprofit committed to harnessing the healing power of stories, is seeking a contracted project developer to manage the process in the expansion of their Healing Story Session program. This research-based process of storytelling works with patients, health care providers, and their communities to support healing, community, and resilience. After successful pilots in two locations, the program is now expanding nationally and seeking a contracted project developer to work closely with the Executive Director and Chief Academic Officer to oversee this expansion. In May 2018, we organized a story session and training in Minnesota for 200 people, with several strong sponsoring organizations. Interest in this work is high. We are looking for an additional partner to grow with us.


Project goals:

Within 18 months:


● 400 people trained in the methods and research behind Healing Story Sessions

● 200 people active in a healing story network, sharing learning, building relationships, and developing collaborations to harness the healing power of stories

● 20 people certified as healing story session facilitators

● 10 organizations, such as health care systems, integrating healing stories into their work

● Financial engine for overall healing story network and local healing story sites sustains ongoing work and expansion


Qualities sought in the Project Developer:

● Entrepreneurial

● Relational

● High level of skill in developing and managing projects and partnerships.

● Able to work well independently, as well as collaboratively

● Ability to generate and manage income in mission-driven projects

● Ideally, experience and interest in storytelling and/or health


Contract position, part-time, variable hours based on project stage and availability. Others on the Health Story Collaborative team are based in Boston and Minneapolis. A contractor based in one of these locations would be an advantage, but isn’t essential. Most work will happen remotely.


Project process overview:


Research possible partners for the expansion and build partnerships that serve both Health Story Collaborative and the partner’s organizational goals, including with: CaringBridge, the Center for Spirituality and Healing,storytelling organizations, and academic institutions, including medical schools with programs in the medical humanities.


Organize webinars and public events in key locations to introduce the Healing Story Session model to a diverse mix of individuals and organizations in ways that attract interested people and invite deeper involvement. Use online reading and videos for preparation and follow-up after events and webinars.


Develop tiered levels of training and involvement, both online and in person, including:

● Training for facilitators and organizers of Healing Story Sessions

● Certification of facilitators, with remote mentoring and feedback of their Healing Story Session work

● Customized trainings in the application of healing stories for physicians, patients, social workers, and other specific roles

● Ongoing coaching and technical assistance for people facilitating Healing Story Sessions that balances the integrity of the model with flexibility and creativity of application.

● Consulting with organizations as they integrate healing stories into their work


Oversee the development of an online network hub for connecting with others in the network, and sharing information.


Develop ongoing evaluation and learning processes to assess the impact of the project and continuously improve the model and implementation.


Envision and manage project income generation through training fees, donations, consulting, and manual sales.


The first phase of the project is to build organizational partnerships for this expansion and organize an initial webinar story session and workshop. We are seeking a part-time, contracted partner to lead this phase. If that phase goes well for the contractor and for Health Story Collaborative, we anticipate renewing and expanding the contract to continue the project.


Proposals should be sent to Michael at michael.bischoff@healthstorycollaborative.org. This RFP was posted on June 25, 2018 Open until filled. Questions by email welcome.


Please include:

● An explanation of your interest. Tell us a good story!

● Your qualifications and relevant experience

● Your availability, including the amount of time you would have available for this part-time position

● Contact information for 3 references who have seen you do related work.

● Tell us what you imagine accomplishing in an initial contract of $2,000 as a part of phase one of the project, described above. If you have a proposed hourly rate or other suggested ways to structure payment, include that in your proposal. We anticipate stages of the project that adapts the payment and responsibilities based upon project progress, income generation, and needs of the contractor and organization.

● We don’t expect one person to do all of the things listed above--but to shepherd the process. Tell us how your strengths and interests would best fit with this project.


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