Title: Photovoice as a method to engage older adults of color and of language minorities in New Hampshire
Location: WTRB Room 571 E & W; 1 Medical Center Dr., Lebanon, NH
Anna M. Adachi-Mejia, PhD is the Director of Dartmouth’s Prevention Research Center, the Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth (HPRCD). She is an Associate Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, a faculty Fellow with the Center for Program Design and Evaluation (CPDE), and a program member of the Cancer Control Research Program at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Dr. Adachi-Mejia teaches at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, supervises multiple research teams, and collaborates with partners in academic, community, and non-profit organizations across the country. Adachi-Mejia's research leverages her multidisciplinary training and collaborations to apply novel strategies to measure both human behavior and health outcomes. For this presentation, Dr. Adachi-Mejia will describe her grant funded by the Endowment for Health that applies a technique called “photovoice.” The photovoice process inverts the traditional research approach by putting the focus of empowerment on the participants themselves. Participants take pictures, describe in their own words what they photographed and why, and use that information to facilitate improvements in the community. For this study, she asked participants from the Bhutanese, Hispanic/Latino, and Black/African American communities living in southern New Hampshire to think about their experience of aging in New Hampshire, including what was going well for them and what they wanted help with from others. In this presentation, she will describe the extensive academic and community partnerships and the process involved in activating this type of community-engaged research.