Online Program

Using the Photovoice Methodology to Assess Community Strengths and Weaknesses in Community/Public Health Nursing Education

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Rosemary Eustace, PhD, PHCNS-BC, RN, College of Nursing and Health, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Maura Boesch, DNP, MPH, RN, CNE, College of Nursing and Health, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
Background: The purpose of this study was to examine the nursing students’ critical reflections of a community’s health utilizing the photovoice method. This  method has been utilized in high education as a critical reflection methodology in the classrooms. As an active learning methodology, photovoice entails individuals engaging in direct experiences, human discussion and interaction, and observation. Although not widely used as an educational tool in nursing education, photovoice has proved to have a positive impact on the overall nurses and nursing students’ experiences. Photovoice provides the nurse with community participatory strategies that are essential in addressing community health problems.


Method: A descriptive cross-sectional qualitative design was utilized to collect data from a convenient sample of 96 nursing students enrolled in the community/public health nursing course. The study was approved by the university IRB. Students were asked to take pictures of activities, places and/or symbols throughout their clinical rotations and then share their written narrative reflections utilizing the ShowEd instrument. The content analysis method was used to analyze the narratives. The community as partner model was used to guide the analysis.


Results: A positive outlook for thriving communities was identified as a community’s strength.  Lack of access to healthy food choices, lack of economic opportunities, and unsafe communities were identified as community weaknesses. Students proposed actions for the communities included Education, Support and Empowerment.


Conclusions: The nursing education implications include the benefits and challenges of utilizing the photovoice methods as an innovative active learning strategy in community health clinical learning experiences.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related nursing

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate how the photovoice methodology can be used as a tool for community health assessment in community/public health nursing education

Keyword(s): Community Health Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: My academic preparation and teaching specialization is family and community/public health nursing. I have utilized photovoice methodology in my study abroad global health service learning course.
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.