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									NORTHAMPTON
PHOTOVOICE
Heather Warner, MPH
Strategic Planning Initiative for Families and Youth

Administered by
Hampshire Educational Collaborative
FUNDED BY:
MDPH Bureau of Substance Abuse
Services (BSAS) and MADD
Massachusetts
WHAT IS PHOTOVOICE?
   A method to reach, inform, and organize community
    members through images (photography).

   A way to identify community concerns and prioritize
    solutions.

   Images produced often stimulate policy and social
    change

                 Confronts limitations
          of many community assessments –
    community decides what’s important, not “experts”
PHOTOVOICE EXAMPLES
   Engaging Young Adolescents in Social Action
    Through Photovoice: The Youth Empowerment
    Strategies (YES!) Program (2004)
   Detroit African American community document
    community health concerns (2000)
   Latino Children’s Health Project, Denver (1998)
   Youth and Alcohol: Through Their Eyes:
    First Nation and Mainstream Youth (2007)
   Battle Creek Photovoice: Part of larger project to
    improve education and economic outcomes (2002)
NORTHAMPTON PHOTOVOICE:
Teen Perspectives on Underage Drinking
Northampton Photovoice:
Teen Perspectives on Underage Drinking
GOALS:
   Increase community awareness and interest in
    the topic of underage drinking and our local Task
    Force
   Not a youth empowerment model
   Inspire a dialogue in our community that may
    inform how we understand and prevent underage
    drinking
   Influence community norms, regulations, and
    alcohol availability
PROCESS
   Funding from MDPH Bureau of Substance Abuse
    Services (BSAS) and Mini-grant from MADD

   Staffing

   Recruitment of youth participants
        teachers, short presentation to health classes

   Implementation (Next Slide)
HOW IT WORKED:

   Teens given digital cameras—to keep
   Asked to:
    “represent the ways in which they are exposed to
    alcohol in their environment—their community,
    family, peers—and to offer their thoughts and
    feelings on the influence of alcohol in their lives”
   Met weekly for 5 weeks
   Lesson in camera use and images as metaphor
   Release Forms
HOW IT WORKED:
   Participants picked 4 photos to discuss each week
   Critical reflection of the photographs was guided by a set of
    questions referred to by the acronym SHOWeD:

     ►What do you See here?
     ► What’s really Happening here?
     ► How does this relate to Our lives?
     ► Why does this problem or asset exist?
     ► What can we Do about it?
   Selected 4-5 photographs each to which the teens added a
    written statement.
   Our in-house graphic designer formatted the photos and
    text.
   Planned photo exhibition at local library
5 OF OUR PHOTOS
MAYBE WITH CAPTIONS IN THIS BOX?
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    Zanes Pictures 002.jpg
Zane’s Photo of bar under apartments
   Talk about Themes
Maya’s Photo
   Triptych—series of photos that told a story
CHALLENGES AND LESSONS
LEARNED
 Project goals and purpose not clear from the start
 Staff and student beliefs and attitudes about
  alcohol and underage drinking
 Lack of a curriculum or guiding questions

 Parameters, censorship, and fear of offending
  partners
 More opportunities for youth input in process

 Safety

 Funding priorities do not allow for follow through

 Cameras are equipment?

 Two photovoice projects in one community
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    Zane's Pix 7-7-09 009.jpg
          Cemetery Photo
• Safety issues
Xochi’s Photo of Family
SUCCESSES
 Exhibition   opening was well attended
 Media   coverage and Mayor support
         the SPIFFY Coalition and
 Energized
 Northampton SATF
 Youth   had positive experience

 “Now we’ve done health and alcohol…our next
 photovoice project should be stereotypes and body
 image”
KEEPING THE MOMENTUM
        the images and text to the Licensing
 Present
 Board and Laws and Norms Committee
         in Easthampton—generating
 Photovoice
 momentum for the new Task Force
 Findfunding/staffing for photovoice on
 stereotypes
 New website will have a section on
 photovoice
 Supplementour local data with photos and
 text—make it real
CONTACT INFORMATION
Heather Warner, MPH
SPIFFY
Hampshire Educational Collaborative
97 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060
413.586.4900 x124
413.586.0180 Fax
hwarner@collaborative.org

www.spiffycoalition.org

								
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