Co-Creating Change through PhotoVoice: Latino/a Teens and Physicians-in-Training Combat Inequity Together
Methods: We used the community-based participatory research (CBPR) method of PhotoVoice with two groups of Latino/a adolescents focusing on the topic “What I wish the doctor knew about my life.” We worked with the youth to analyze the transcripts from the PhotoVoice discussions, generate themes, and disseminate findings to influential advocates.
Results: PhotoVoice findings revealed challenges faced by Latino/a adolescents that affect their health beyond health care and interactions with providers. Themes that emerged pointed to policies and power dynamics that impact their lives in school and communities. Based on these themes, we organized two forums with influential advocates (one with doctors and one with educators) to share findings and brainstorm action steps focused on system changes.
Conclusion: To improve the future of Latino/a adolescents it is critical to understand, from their perspectives, the ways their lives can be complicated by experiences of migration, racial stereotypes, and the challenges of cross-cultural communication. Engaging Latino/a adolescents in the dissemination process through community forums was an effective way to reach influential advocates, increase understanding, and galvanize support for systems change.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Identify youth views on the patient-provider relationship and other important contexts to youth that they report impact their health and well-being. Identify new ways in which young people and providers can work together to promote change in systems that structure patient-provider interactions. Identify and understand how to overcome challenges to creating reflective, change-making encounters between Latino/a youth and providers
Keyword(s): Latinos, Adolescents
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I spearheaded the PhotoVoice intervention component for the research project, Envisioning Health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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