265294 Youth VideoVoice Engagement in Healthy Transportation Equity

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

Rhianna Babka, MSW, MPH , California WALKS, Oakland, CA
Wendy Alfsen, JD , California WALKS, Oakland, CA
This session will guide participants through a unique partnership between high school youth, educators and California WALKS in a healthy transportation equity data collection and engagement VideoVoice project. VideoVoice is a process by which community members self-select and collect video data on existing health and safety conditions and desired outcomes - from their perspective. Multiple outcomes are achieved including 1) education about safety, walkability and healthy transportation equity, 2) developing youth capacity and video skills as a research and communication tool for community planning, policy and environmental change, 3) partnering of youth with environmental equity civic leaders to build youth motivation, leadership and workforce development, with contributions to a worldwide Civic Voices project, and 4) developing a documented curriculum, with case study evaluation including lessons learned.

This project is timely for APHA 2012 as California climate action law (SB 375) now requires each regional transportation plans to include a sustainable community strategy reducing vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions. Emerging strategies include increasing walking, bicycling and transit, with a great need for effective youth and community engagement. Youth-identified concerns, priorities and strategies are invaluable in local and regional processes. This work emphasizes a student-community partnership bringing youth voice into the dialogue for healthy, equitable transportation planning and programs and investments policy.

The presentation will focus on project process, outcomes and replicability for maximum participant benefit.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate a documented VideoVoice strategy for engaging High School aged youth in civic engagement, data collection and community transportation equity planning and policy development. Demonstrate elements of a successful community, youth, and educator partnership related to equitable transportation engagement in planning and policy development. Identify lessons learned, understanding of local contexts and community action priorities with youth engagement.

Keywords: Youth, Environment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I led this program and have previously presented on it at the SRTS National Partnership meeting, 2011.
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.