223522 Video voice mapping project: Youth changing communities

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 3:06 PM - 3:24 PM

Christine Schweidler, MA, MPH , Advancement Project/Healthy City, Los Angeles, CA
Diana Rodriguez , Statewide Youth Board on Obesity Prevention (SYBOP); Greenfield Walking Group, Sacramento, CA
Alex Rodriguez , Statewide Youth Board on Obesity Prevention (SYBOP); Greenfield Walking Group, Sacramento, CA
In 2009, a group of Bakersfield youth affiliated with the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program (CCROPP) in Kern County, undertook a Video Voice Mapping Project to document the places where they live and describe inequalities in access to physical activity opportunities. The youth have used this innovative, community-based participatory research methodology, to raise awareness about opportunities for and barriers to physical activity in their neighborhoods. This has prompted youth advocacy in informing public health professionals and policy makers about places and things that need to be changed. The videos have also been used to inform The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities (BHC) planning process; which will dedicate resources over a 10 year period to support the development of communities where kids and youth are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The youth were trained in the Video Voice Mapping technique and learned to organize their raw video footage into edited pieces of work that could be uploaded via You Tube onto web sites. The Video Voice Mapping was conducted in collaboration with other youth groups in the county, thereby expanding the cadre of youth employing this method to document their environments. In addition, the youth videos have been geo-coded and uploaded onto Healthy City maps in English and Spanish. The session will include a discussion of the Video Voice Mapping methodology, examples of Video Voice maps, changes that have resulted from the youth's mapping and advocacy efforts, and recommendations for using Video Voice Mapping with youth in other communities.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how youth use Video Voice Mapping to document physical activity environments in their communities 2. Discuss Video Voice Mapping as a youth leadership development strategy 3. Demonstrate how Video Voice Mapping creates a vision for change and the identification of local solutions in a community 4. Discuss how Video Voice Mapping influences policy decisions and leads to grassroots social change

Keywords: Physical Activity, Participatory Action Research

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the community lead for the Central California Regional Obestiy Prevention program in Kern County, CA. I have extensive experience working with community residents and youth to improve nutrition and physical activity environments. I developed the methodology discussed in this abstract.
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.