Photovoice & Photo-elicitation

Photovoice is a qualitative, participatory, and visual approach to research.1,2 Through this process, participants photograph their challenges, successes, and other observations of a specific problem and describe what they photographed and why.3 Photovoice supports sharing experiences and perspectives between community members and researchers, and enables community members to advocate for change for themselves and for their community.4 This tool is used to facilitate participant empowerment, and to frame potential policy solutions.5,6


Growing Wiser about Getting Older In New Hampshire

This project engages older adults in sharing their vision for what they hope for as they age in New Hampshire.

Funding for this project provided by the Endowment for Health.


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Picturing recovery in our community

A unique perspective using photography and stories to explore recovery in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire. Including images and voices of members of Hope for NH Recovery in Claremont.


Substance misuse, identity, and race; Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, NH

A photovoice project to promote being substance free and avoiding binge drinking on a rural college campus. The success of this project led to a spinoff project exploring identity and race on campus. 


Approaches to healthy living: barriers and facilitators for eating fruits and vegetables, being physically active, and healthy sleep practices

A series of exploratory photovoice studies across multiple years with several groups of middle school students, high school students, and older adults in rural New Hampshire


"Creating Safe Neighborhoods"
Manchester, NH

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. 


Exploring the meaning of physical activity participation among youth with disabilities through photovoice

This photovoice study explores the meaning of physical activity participation and competitive sport experiences among youth athletes with disabilities.


Stories of health
Claremont, NH

Using the power of storytelling and photovoice to explore the topic of aging with dignity to get an accurate picture of the challenges and assets in the Upper Connecticut River Valley.


1. Poudrier J, Mac-Lean RT. 'We've fallen into the cracks':Aboriginal women's experiences with breast cancer through photovoice. Nursing inquiry. Dec 2009;16(4):306-317
2. Bugos E, Frasso R, FitzGerald E, True G, Adachi-Mejia AM, Cannuscio C. Practical guidance and ethical considerations for studies using photo-elicitation interviews. Preventing chronic disease. 2014;11:E189.
3. Wang C, Burris MA. Photovoice: concept, methodology, and use for participatory needs assessment. Health education & behavior: the official publication of the society for public health education Jun 1997;24(3):369-387.
4. Hergenrather KC, Rhodes SD, Cowan CA, Bardhoshi G, Pula S. Photovoice as community-based participatory research: a qualitative review. American journal of health behavior. Nov-Dec 2009;33(6):686-698.
5. Goodhart FW, Hsu J, Baek JH, Coleman AL, Maresca FM, Miller MB. A view through a different lens: photovoice as a tool for studen advocacy. Journal of american college health: J of ACH. Jul-Aug 2006;55(1):53-56.
6. Downey LH, Ireson CL, Scutchfield FD. The use of photovoice as a method of facilitating deliberation. Health promotion practice. Jul 2009;10(3):419-427.