Storytelling and Photovoice as Tools to Promote Health
This session will discuss how photovoice is an important tool to understand health inequities in underserved populations share the benefits of using poetry to present data and share women’s stories and illustrate the impacts of HIV testing uptake among youth.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1. Articulate that photovoice is an important tool to understand health inequities in underserved populations.
2. Describe the benefits of using poetry to present data and share women's stories.
3. Recognize how narratives can illustrate the cultural impacts of HIV testing uptake among youth.
Bianca Reid (Moderator)
Certified Health Education Specialist
Riverside Community Health Foundation
Bianca Reid hones a strong passion to enhance and improve the well-being of peoples' lives. Bianca takes pride in following my purpose through health promotion and education. As a Certified Health Education Specialist with the Riverside Community Health Foundation; having the opportunity to make an impact on enhancing lifestyle changes. Her role contains many hats such as; cultivating safe spaces in our programming, health equity, advocacy, collaboration efforts, health strategies, program implementation, evaluation, community event planning. Some efforts to reach the community are through active communication, engagement, empowerment, and sharing experiences through relational equity. A few programs within her scope of work include; the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) as a Certified Lifestyle Coach; Birth Doula; Certified Childbirth Educator/Mentor; Certified A.F.A.A. Group Fitness Instructor, and so much more. Bianca always looks forward to sharing the wealth of viable resources and information with the community at large.
Breanna M. De Leon
Southern Connecticut State University
Breanna De Leon is a second-year Master of Public Health student at Southern Connecticut State University. She is a Graduate Assistant working with Dr. Jean Breny on community-based participatory research (CBPR) through a social justice framework. As a proud Latinx womxn, she hopes to continue to address racial and social inequities in health and empower communities through CBPR.
Jean M. Breny, PhD, MPH
Professor and Chair
Southern Connecticut State University
Jean M. Breny is Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University. She has been on the faculty since 2000 and teaches undergraduate and graduate-level health promotion courses. Dr. Breny received her PhD in Health Behavior/Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MPH in Community Health Education from San Jose State University. Her scholarship aims to eliminate health disparities through community-based participatory research that informs public health practice. Dr. Breny was a Fulbright Senior Scholar, currently is an Associate Scientist at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (Yale University), and is a faculty collaborator with Liverpool John Moores University. She is the Immediate Past President of SOPHE.
Nandi A. Marshall
DrPH, MPH, CHES®
Healthy Equity & Community Engagement ConsultantAssociate Professor & Interim Associate Dean of Academic AffairsJiann-Ping Hsu College of Public HealthGeorgia Southern University Dr. Marshall is an Associate Professor and Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. She holds an MPH from East Stroudsburg University, a DrPH from Georgia Southern University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.Dr. Marshall has over 16 years of community engagement experience including fostering partnerships and relationships with grassroots organizations, state coalitions, nonprofits and national associations particularly around health inequities. These experiences and her completion of the Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellows Program and the Health Equity Leadership Institute have contributed to her commitment to addressing the social determinants of health through community engagement, enhancing student leadership and conveying the importance of health equity.Dr. Marshall has served as a member and leader in numerous public health organizations including the Society for Public Health Education and the American Public Health Association (APHA). She has served as the Chair of the Science Board, Co-Chair for the Joint Policy Committee and as an Ex-Officio member of the Executive Board for APHA. Additionally, she serves as the Education and Training Co-Lead for the Georgia Society for Public Health Education, as a member of the CRASH committee for the United States Breastfeeding Coalition and as an Ex-Officio member of the Mayor’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion (One Boro) in Statesboro, Georgia.Dr. Marshall has been involved in securing grants in community-based programming and participatory research including CDC (2018) REACH (Savannah H.O.P.E.) on which she is leading the breastfeeding initiative and a grant from the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health (2019) to implement evidence-based programming in a Chatham County high school to prevent opioid use. Recently, she secured funding aiding disadvantaged students with financing their graduate public health degrees.#myimpact Creating Equity. Envisioning Justice.
Georgia Southern University
DrPH StudentJiann-Ping Hsu College of Public HealthGeorgia Southern UniversityChristina Cook is a Doctor of Public Health student at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health at Georgia Southern University. She holds an MPH from Georgia Southern University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.As an undergraduate student, Christina witnessed the inequitable healthcare system as she helped immigrant and refugee Somali women in Stone Mountain, Georgia seek services for their autistic children while being met with a barrage of systemic and cultural barriers. This involvement with the Somali community as well as her guiding values and beliefs that everyone is deserving of access, understanding, and having the choice and ability to pursue happiness, fulfillment, and wellness, have led Christina to the path of social justice, health justice, and health equity and to help other communities and individuals harness their power.Christina has served as an American Public Health Association (APHA) Campus Liaison for both former Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia and Georgia Southern University. She has also served as a student senator for the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health for the Student Government Association at the Armstrong campus of Georgia Southern University where she advocated for student needs. Additionally, Christina is a member of APHA, the Society for Public Health Education, the Georgia Society for Public Health Education, and the Georgia Public Health Association. Christina was also recognized as an honorable mention in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice’s 2019 Students Who Rocked Public Health for her work in basic needs access for students at Georgia Southern University.Currently, Christina works in her community in Savannah, Georgia to address intersectional health justice and health equity issues. Her work includes working with Dr. Nandi A. Marshall on her REACH efforts to address barriers to breastfeeding. Additionally, Christina also works with Mixed Greens, a program of the Forsyth Farmers’ Market, to increase food and wellness access to individuals with developmental disabilities while also assisting with community conversations to increase community cohesion and acceptance.
Rebecca Rich, PhD, CHES®
Adjunct Faculty Member
The University of Alabama
Dr. Rebecca Rich is Adjunct Professor at The University of Alabama. Dr. Rich is interested in women?s sexual health issues, specifically sexual violence and reproductive healthcare among college students using a feminist lens. Dr. Rich is also interested in feminist theory and its utilization for health education and sexual health issues as well as feminist pedagogy.
Dr. Ucheoma Catherine Nwaozuru, PhD, MS
Saint Louis University
Ucheoma is an implementation scientist, and her research interest centers on sustaining evidence-based interventions in resource-limited settings. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice where my research involves the use of innovative implementation strategies to expand and ultimately sustain evidence-based HIV prevention interventions targeting youth populations. Particularly, she has experience with implementation science research, including the feasibility, acceptability, adoption, reach, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions using innovative implementation research strategies. Ucheoma received her master's in community health and preventive science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Ph.D. in Public Health from Saint Louis University.
Master's Degree Student
Southern Connecticut State University
Maya Welfare is a Public Health Graduate Student at Southern Connecticut State University. She is a co-researcher for Dr. Jean Breny's Photovoice research project. Maya graduated from Spelman College with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in Spanish. She has worked for the City of New Haven, CT in the Mayor’s Office engaging constituents to assist them with navigating city and state policies and accessing government. Currently, Maya is a student intern at UCONN’s Health Disparities Institute under the tutelage of Dr. Wizdom Powell. Maya is a dedicated and passionate public servant who engages in community service and strives to improve global health equity.
Stacey Mason, MPH
at Saint Louis University
Stacey Mason is a doctoral student in the Public Health Studies program at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice. She holds her MPH from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. Her research interests center on child and adolescent health disparities, mental health, sexual health, health literacy, and implementation science. Stacey’s current research involves the use of innovative and youth-friendly implementation strategies that are culturally and developmentally appropriate for youth from low-resource settings. She has specific interests in understanding more of the social and structural determinants that impact youth health interventions in low-resources areas and those that influence health literacy among youth into adulthood.