Online Program

Cultivating Healthy Transportation Youth Leaders through VideoVoice

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

MariaJose Diaz, California Walks, Oakland, CA
Christopher Chavez, California Walks, Oakland, CA
Wendy Alfsen, JD, California Walks Youth Leaders, California Walks, Oakland, CA
Tony Dang, BA, California Walks, Oakland, CA
Since 2009, Cal Walks Youth Leaders have been working with California Walks to lift up resident voices for healthier communities through VideoVoice—a community-based participatory action research (CBPAR) tool where youth, older adults, and other community members self-select and collect video data on existing health and safety conditions, identify importance, articulate desired outcomes, with roles they and others play in achieving desired change. Youth Leaders have travelled across the state to peer-mentor and train—via workshops, conferences, and webinars (in English and Spanish)—other youth, older adults, public health practitioners, and community members in VideoVoice technique and best practices. VideoVoice is a powerful, easily understandable communication strategy—by youth, for youth—that cultivates sustainable leadership in advocacy for healthy, safe, and equitable communities. Cal Walks Youth Leaders’ work has served as a catalyst for healthier communities where all can share in solving daily challenges.

In this session, Youth Leaders will present VideoVoice vignettes cataloguing how they initially became involved with Cal Walks, why they work with Cal Walks, what they’ve experienced traveling statewide mentoring youth and adults, what community successes have occurred, and how the Cal Walks Youth Leaders program has influenced their future career paths.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Describe the process and applications for VideoVoice. Explain impacts of Youth Leaders on professional development and community health career plan choices. Identify the role and significance of Cal Walks support team for program sustainability.

Keyword(s): Youth, Advocacy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MariaJose Diaz is a senior at South High School in Bakersfield, CA and has been a VideoVoice Trainer with California Walks for over 7 years. MariaJose has traveled across California and to nationwide conferences to present and lead workshops training youth, public health professionals, and community members on VideoVoice best practices.
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.