Photovoice is a process in which people – usually those with limited power due to poverty, language barriers, race, class, ethnicity, gender, culture, or other circumstances – use video and/or photo images to capture aspects of their environment and experiences and share them with others. The pictures can then be used, usually with captions composed by the photographers, to bring the realities of the photographers’ lives home to the public and policy makers and to spur change.
During spring 2018, Warrick County Cares worked with Purdue University School of Nursing Professor Vicki Simpson, PhD, and coalition member Warrick County Purdue Extension to bring a Photovoice project to our community. Teens from area middle schools and high schools identified and documented food insecurities and the ease or lack of access of healthy food in our communities. Dr. Simpson provided training in how to identify these issues and each teen was provided a digital camera to document their experience. They then chose photos they felt shared the theme and the project was presented at the 2018 I CARE Award Breakfast. We hope you learn more about our communities and how teens view their world. Warrick County Cares plans to continue Photovoice projects with additional themes and topics.