Photovoice, Diet, and Behavior

Murmur is thrilled to announce that a publication we helped edit, "Photovoice: Capturing American Indian Youths' Dietary Perceptions and Sharing Behavior-Changing Implications," by Dr. Kathleen Kelly, will be published in an upcoming issue of Social Marketing Quarterly (SMQ).
Photovoice is a process through which community members can identify and enhance conditions in their environment. According to photovoice pioneers Caroline Wang, Dr.PH, and Mary Ann Burris, PhD,
"Photovoice has three main goals: 
(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 large and small group discussion of photographs, and 
(3) to reach policymakers." 

Using the photovoice process, Dr. Kelly's team approached American Indian students in a classroom setting and asked them to photograph their school and home environments related to "healthy", "unhealthy", and "traditional" foods. The results unearthed via a thematic analysis were quite illuminating--for the kids, for the parents, and for school and community-level decision-makers. More will be posted about this as soon as the paper comes out in a future edition of SMQ. 


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