Vision Voice: A Multimedia Exploration of Diabetes and Vision Loss in East Harlem
Source:Prog Community Health Partnersh. 9(3):335-343.
Community-Based Participatory Research
Health Services Needs And Demand
Needs Assessment Education
Sociology And Social Phenomena
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4780573
Funding:5U58DP001010/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
P30 ES023515/ES/NIEHS NIH HHS/United States
R24 MD001691/MD/NIMHD NIH HHS/United States
East Harlem, New York, is a community actively struggling with diabetes and its complications, including vision-related conditions that can affect many aspects of daily life.
Vision Voice was a qualitative community-based participatory research (CBPR) study that intended to better understand the needs and experiences of people living with diabetes, other comorbid chronic illnesses, and vision loss in East Harlem.
Using photovoice methodology, four participants took photographs, convened to review their photographs, and determined overarching themes for the group’s collective body of work.
Identified themes included effect of decreased vision function on personal independence/mobility and self-management of chronic conditions and the importance of informing community members and health care providers about these issues. The team next created a documentary film that further develops the narratives of the photovoice participants.
The Vision Voice photovoice project was an effective tool to assess community needs, educate and raise awareness.
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