Youth Photovoice Project: "Creating Safe Neighborhoods"
Aytur, A., Butcher, R., Carlson, C., & Schifferdecker, K. (2014). Creating safe neighborhoods for obesity prevention: Perceptions of urban youth. In: Brennan, V., Kumanyika, S., & Zambrana, R. (eds). Obesity Interventions in Underserved US Populations: Evidence and Directions. Johns Hopkins University. (November, 2014). ISBN 978-1-4214-1544-4.
Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research program.
•NH State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP): obesity/diabetes, tobacco, injury prevention
•NH Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Healthy People, Healthy Places Plan
•An art exhibit and community-wide photovoice training session was held at the end of the study to enable community members to conduct future projects
•Manchester Neighborhood Health Improvement Strategy
•City of Manchester became a 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize Winner
Project Description: Fourteen refugee/immigrant adolescents (ages 13-19) participated in a photovoice project for six weeks to explore youth perceptions of relationships between safety, active living, and healthy eating in the context of their daily lives.
Health Issues: Neighborhood safety and perceptions of opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in two urban neighborhoods in Manchester, NH
Lessons Learned & Themes:
•Project enhanced understanding of immigrant/refugee teens’ perceptions of neighborhood safety, health, and active living.
•As Photovoice sessions progressed, participants began to discuss ways that they could initiate change (e.g., serving on Youth Council; engaging school staff).