203053 Videovoice in the aftermath of disaster: Identifying community health links to the built environment in post-Katrina New Orleans through participatory video

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 12:30 PM

Caricia Catalani, MPH, DrPH , Doctor of Public Health Program, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Meredith Minkler, DrPH , UCal Berkeley School of Public Health, Berkeley, CA
Anthony Veneziale , New Orleans VideoVoices, VideoVoice Collective, San Francisco, CA
Videovoice is a health advocacy, education, and research methodology through which people get behind video cameras to research issues of concern, communicate their knowledge, and advocate for change. This presentation involves screening a participatory video produced by a community-academic-filmmaker partnership. Using videovoice methodology, this engaged ten New Orleans community partners, who took part in an 18-week training and community assessment. Our research partnership gathered community assessment evidence through video interviews, environmental footage, and footage of community events. Through participatory analysis, we identified several concerns about the health impacts of the built environment in post-Katrina New Orleans, including housing, education, and employment. Partners engaged in a participatory editing process to produce several short (5-7 minute) and one longer (22 minute) films describing these built environment findings. The longer film premiered before more than 200 city leaders and residents in New Orleans, shorter films were viewed by over 4000 people from around the world on YouTube during their first two months online, and the project mobilized the community for advocacy and action on concerns about the built environment. Challenges involved in using videovoice, including privacy issues and cost considerations in a resource poor community, will be discussed. Despite such challenges, this methodology may provide communities hit hard by the shock of natural disaster, by the corrosive effects of long-term social inequities, and/or by public health concerns related to water with the opportunity to build the capacity to produce independent media, equitably engage in research, and advocate for change.

Learning Objectives:
During our video and website presentation, members of our community-academic-film partnership will: 1. Describe the use of videovoice methodology. 2. Present a community-based participatory film identifying community health links to the built environment in post-Katrina New Orleans. 3. Discuss the implications of this practice for community health research, advocacy, and communication.

Keywords: Community Health, Communication

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Caricia Catalani is doctoral candidate with an emphasis on community-based participatory research and new media at the University of California, Berkeley (Grad 05/09). She is the executive director and co-founder of the VideoVoice Collective, a health advocacy, research, and evaluation organization that works to turn documentary film on its head. Using the videovoice technique, the VVC puts digital video cameras in the hands of those who know their communities best, assisting them in communicating their ideas and visions. With the VVC, Caricia has built community-academic-filmmaking partnerships with marginalized communities in the United States and around the world. In 2005, Caricia earned her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Maternal, Child, and Reproductive Health from Columbia University. Caricia has worked with communities internationally and nationally to develop local and empowering strategies for the improvement of health and wellbeing since 1996.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.