Exploring Racism as a Social Determinant of Health
PhotoVoice is a visual research methodology that puts cameras into the participants’ hands to help them to document, reflect upon, and communicate issues of concern, while stimulating social change. With the intention to foster social change, PhotoVoice can enhance community engagement, increase awareness of community resources, and foster self-efficacy of the research partners. Caroline Wang and Mary Ann Burris developed PhotoVoice with the end goals of 1) to enable people to record and reflect their community’s strengths and concerns, 2) to promote critical dialogue and knowledge about important issues through small group discussions of photographs, and 3) to reach policymakers. These are central elements of empowerment, a concept that is intertwined with the PhotoVoice methodology from its original conceptual underpinnings to its implementation.
Our experience living in our community allows us to provide evidence that shapes policy on gender/racial equity, behavioral health, and overall wellness. One powerful role we have as community members are sharing OUR stories on how our social environment affects our health and wellbeing.
Photo by Jacqueline Cortez
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Homeless Person Walking Across Oxnard College
Photo by Marisol Hernandez
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Photo by Javert Tamayo
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Medicine Cabinet & Opioid Brochures
Photos by Lucia Sanchez and Yosduan Ramos
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People Selling From Car
Photo by Beyoncee-Tanya Escalona
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Photos by Jacqueline Cortez
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Mr. Garcia's Class
Photos by Javert Tamayo