Photovoice Project Guide
Fall 2019 Taos Pueblo , New Mexico ( c.cooper)
Return from Shopping Trip Warsaw Poland (c.cooper)
THE PHOTOVOICE PROJECT
The objective of this learning activity is for students to communicate verbally and in writing, through a series of photographs, their perceptions about the health of the community or communities in which one takes photographs
Your specific task is to take photos of events, activities, objects, people, and/or environments that reflect or represent situations, concerns, and/or issues, that you believe relate to the health status of the community in which the photo was taken.
Keep in mind that much of our current health care system is devoted to individuals, rather than to the entire community or to populations. You will be concerned with the community perspective. Although some of your photos may be of individuals, your task is to describe how each photo is related to the health of the community. The photos may represent healthy or unhealthy situations, concerns, or issues that are currently being addressed, or could be addressed in the future, by public/community health professionals.
When you have completed taking all of your photos, you will eventually select 5 (out of 25) that you think best reflect the health of communities or of a particular community. Later on, you will eventually focus on one photo (out of the 5 semi-finalists) which you will “feature” during “Photovoice Week” – the week after Thanksgiving break.
- Consider our discussions in class and what you have read so far in your text about the health of communities. Think about particular communities that are familiar to you or are interesting to you. Maybe you know them well- or maybe they are in some way interesting to you- perhaps quite different from the one you lived in when growing up, or living in now. Keep in mind that the definition of a community (see textbook) is a broad one. A community could be a college campus, a mobile home park, a group of homeless people living in tents under a bridge, a travelling group of circus performers’, the town of Canton or the tiny settlement called Weeping Mary, south of Rusk.
- Obtain a camera. You will not be judged on your photographic skills- but on your thoughtfulness regarding the task at hand. It’s important that the photo have enough clarity that we as viewers are able to discern the images (though blurriness is a technique to emphasize a point, if done well)
- Take at least 25 photos that for you represent some aspect of community or public health in a community. Label each photo with the date, time and place photo was taken. These must NOT be photos you have taken earlier, before the Photovoice project was announced in class (today- October 17th). All of these photos will be turned in to the instructor as thumbnails printed on one sheet of paper when the project is completed. Read parts of your textbook that addresses the areas you are thinking of. Explore the internet for additional scholarly information.
- Consider selecting 5 photos from the original 25 (Oct 29-Nov 6).
- Meet with your group on November 7th (during class time). You will have pre-selected 5 of your photos from the previous week that are your “favorites” and share them with your group (please “develop” and print these as standard “snapshots” from a film developer; that way group members can compare by looking at many at once [and there will be better detail than a photo shown on a smartphone]). The group will view your photos and perhaps offer some ideas about your work, ask questions, etc., and maybe help you with your selection of your feature photo- although you might have already made that decision on your own (you will have to articulate why to your group members).
- For the selected final photo you should prepare a paper (written description).
The final project will include:
- The final photo, properly framed*, with an explanation that describes where and when (date and time) the photo was taken (on back of the matting, along with your name [DO NOT write directly on back of the photo]). (max. 5 pts.)
The report is typed, double spaced throughout (even between paragraphs), 1” margins all around, Times New Roman 12 pt. font. There will be references (put into APA format).
- A discussion of why you and your group selected this particular photo; the relevance of the photograph to the health of communities, and specifically to particular principles and /or concepts discussed in class and in lectures. Be specific, providing chapter and page numbers in your text or specific class discussions. (max. 4 pts)
- Select a Healthy People 2020 specific focus area and objective that you think best relates to your selected photograph. Why do you think so? Be specific. (max. 3 pts)
- State which “organizational division” from the Department of Health and Human Services (from chapter 2) that you think would be most likely to be involved in the issue. Which NGO(s) and Professional Health Associations might be involved? Explain how the organization(s) might be involved. What would make the issue appropriate for that particular agency or organization? (max. 5 pts)
- Provide recent statistics that relate to the issue or problem. Present them in the form of a graph or a table (or a map). It would be interesting to compare the local statistics to another area, or a state area (max. 4 pts)
- Provide any additional information that you think will add to your discussion – this could be a quote from someone with whom you have discussed your issue; your personal thoughts about the project, a newspaper article or TV/radio story concerning the issue or any other material that you think will help us to understand the issue better. Add your sheet of the 25 thumbnails. (max. 4 pts)
- Maximum Points- 25
Final photo, framed* and report due Nov. 21st or earlier
*Final photograph format:
- SIZES: Choose standard size, either 5×7″, 6×8″, or 8×10″.
- Photograph must be photograph produced- On glossy photograph-paper backing; These photos are not to be printed from a regular document printer on regular paper.
- Mat Frame ONLY. And only in either White or Black. No other color, no design on the mat frame (fancy frames of wood or plastic not allowed, no glass).
CAUTION – PLEASE NOTE WELL
BE SURE THAT YOU ARE SENSITIVE WHEN TAKING YOUR PHOTOS. ASK PERMISSION BEFORE YOU TAKE PHOTOS OF INDIVIDUALS OR BEFORE TAKING PICTURES AT A BUSINESS. IF IN DOUBT WAIT AND DISCUSS IT WITH THE INSTRUCTOR, BEFORE TAKING ANY PICTURE THAT YOU THINK MIGHT RESULT IN HARM OR DISCOMFORT TO ANYONE.
The instructor has posted a “consent to photograph” document that you should use before photographing INDIVIDUALS WHO CAN BE CLEARLY IDENTIFIED OR ESPECIALLY CHILDREN (under the age of 18 years)
Use your textbook for this class, and your lecture notes as a guide to help you select relevant concepts and principles