Online Program

Creating Healthy Transportation Policy through Youth-Led Video Voice Advocacy

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 advanced community-driven transportation policies that prioritize health and safety through the use of 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 and articulate their needs and desired outcomes. Youth Leaders have peer-mentored and trained—via workshops, conferences, and webinars (in English and Spanish)—other youth, older adults, public health practitioners, and community members in VideoVoice best practices across California and nationally. Because VideoVoice requires community ownership of the end product, it is a powerful research method that cultivates sustainable youth leadership in advocacy for healthy, safe, and equitable communities.

In this session, Youth Leaders will present VideoVoice vignettes used in their healthy transportation policy advocacy in Kern County, discuss how they initially became involved, why they work with Cal Walks and APHA’s CBPHC Youth Council, what they’ve experienced traveling statewide mentoring youth and adults, what community successes, including healthy policy changes have occurred, and how the Cal Walks Youth Leaders program has influenced their future career paths toward health and science.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe basics of Community-Based Participatory Action Research and its applicability in health-in-all-policies research and advocacy, using the example of the VideoVoice method. Describe the 4-step process and a healthy community environmental and policy application for VideoVoice. Explain impacts on Youth Leaders’ professional development and community health career plan choices. Identify the role and significance of Cal Walks’ support team for youth program sustainability.

Keyword(s): Advocacy, Youth

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: MariaJosé Diaz is a senior at South High School in Bakersfield, CA and has been a VideoVoice Trainer with California Walks for over 7 years. MariaJosé has traveled across California and to national conferences to present and lead workshops training youth, public health professionals, and community members on VideoVoice best practices. She currently serves as the APHA CBPHC Youth Council Vice President and was honored with APHA’s E. Hill deLoney Youth Leadership Award in 2014.
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.