150886 Photo-maps as innovative tools to enhance empowerment, research, and education

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Ellen Lopez, PhD, MPH , University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Elena Andresen, PhD , Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Eva Egensteiner , University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Melissa Lanzone , University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Vijay Vasudevan , Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Kim Trematore , University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Lisa Hannold , Rorc, VA, Gainesville, FL
Every woman has a right to accessible health care, yet, when women with disabilities seek breast health screening, they often encounter providers and facilities that are ill-prepared, inaccessible, and poorly-equipped to serve them. Women's Independence Through Health ~ Universal Screening Solutions (WITH~USS) is a partnership forged between the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida and the University of Florida's Public Health Program to better understand and address the factors that impact preventive care. We will discuss our on-going study aimed at assessing how feasible and beneficial it is for women with physical disabilities to team up with their health care providers in using the Photovoice method to “Photo-Map” an actual health care or mammography visit. Specifically, women and their providers are producing digital photographs that they feel capture and relay to others the key aspects of their visit that are barriers and facilitators to obtaining or providing regular breast cancer screenings. Working with the WITH~USS team, participants generate narrated slideshows from their photo-maps. Ultimately, these slideshows will be posted on an interactive website where viewers can provide comments that will help evaluate the photo-maps' capacity to serve as tools for enhancing empowerment (e.g., Do photo-maps provide an alternative avenue for voicing perspectives? Will viewers literally “see” the similarities/differences from their own experiences?), research (e.g., will photo-maps elicit insightful information from viewers?), and education (can photo-maps help raise public awareness about important accessibility issues?). We will discuss lessons learned from this pilot study and provide examples of actual photo-maps.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the innovative and participatory research methods of Photovoice and Photo-mapping. Recognize the process involved with planning and developing narrated photo-maps. Explain the potential photo-mapping has for providing individuals control over how their lives are conveyed to others.

Keywords: Breast Cancer Screening, Disability

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