Online Program

Vision voice: An exploration of diabetes and vision loss in New York City's most affected neighborhoods

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 12:34 p.m. - 12:38 p.m.

Brett Ives, MSN, NP, CDE, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Bone Diseases, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Michelle A. Ramos, MPH, Department of Health Evidence and Policy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Michael Nedelman, BA, School of Medicine, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Charysse Redwood, BA, Health Evidence and Policy, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY
Jessica Hughson, MPA, Lighthouse International, Brooklyn, NY
Carol R. Horowitz, MD, MPH, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
“Vision Voice” is an educational video created by community members in East Harlem and the South Bronx, New York in collaboration with the Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center, a community-academic coalition focused on addressing diabetes-related disparities, and the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center. The project seeks to raise awareness among residents, health care providers and community leaders about the importance of vision health in a community with a high incidence of diabetes and other chronic conditions that affect eyesight.

Participants, all of whom have pre-diabetes/diabetes and varying degrees of vision impairment, took part in a photovoice project, a process intended to empower participants to identify, represent, and enhance their community through a specific photographic technique. A sub-set of these participants went on to take part in the documentary video, which depicts how diabetes and vision loss affects their daily lives. Participants provided their ideas on structure and content for the video, with regular meetings during the filming and editing process with the project team.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe ways that diabetes and vision impairment impact the daily lives of people with these conditions. Explain how the “Vision Voice” documentary can be used to raise awareness about diabetes and vision loss among patients and health care providers and to advocate for related community health issues and needs.

Keyword(s): Community Collaboration, Diabetes

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Brett Ives is a nurse practitioner and certified diabetes educator with the Mount Sinai Diabetes Center and she has worked with the Communities IMPACT Diabetes Center over the course of two years, helping to lead IMPACT's vision health initiatives, including development of a Vision Health Tool Kit, photovoice project focused on diabetes and vision loss and the present Vision Voice documentary.
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.