2022 Photovoice Project

Developed by health promotion researchers, Caroline Wang and Mary-Ann Burris, Photovoice engages community members in research to "identify, represent, and enhance their community through a specific photographic technique."  Photovoice can be used to gather new insights and perspectives that can raise awareness of hidden or overlooked issues and aspects of a community.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Photovoice research method.

Photovoice was incorporated into the 2022 Winchester-Clark County Community Health Assessment process.  The Clark County Health Department partnered with researcher and Photovoice facilitator, Dr. Margaret McGladrey, formerly with the University of Kentucky and now with the University of South Florida.  During October and November 2022,  23 members of the Clark County community joined one of four groups virtually facilitated by Dr. McGladrey.  Participants attended an orientation session, two photo discussion sessions and an analysis and action planning session.  

The 3 primary goals of Photovoice are to:
  1. Record and reflect community strengths and concerns
  2. Promote critical dialogue and knowledge about important issues through large and small group discussions and photographs
  3. Reach decision-makers and encourage the adoption of health-promoting policies

A spokesperson from each Photovoice group presented their work at the Community Health Forum held on November 30, 2022 in Winchester.  A second Community Health Forum will be held on December 14, 2022 for community decision making regarding priority areas for focus over the next 5 years.  

To view the 2022 project, visit:  https://www.ccactivitycoalition.com/photovoice2022.  

Comments or questions regarding the project or to learn how to get involved in community health improvement activities, contact Jennifer Gulley, MPH, BSN, RN, Community Health Improvement Planning Coordinator at the Clark County Health Department at 859-744-4482 ext. 1036 or via e-mail at jenniferh.gulley@ky.gov.