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Talking with Pictures: Photovoice

Event ID: A14947
Info: Jun 2-3, 6, 9-10, 2018 • Sat • 8:00-10:00am • Sun • 8:00-10:00am • Wed • 4:00-5:30pm • 5 mtgs • Online • $250
With: Laura Lorenz

For 25 years, researchers, programs, and activists have used “Photovoice” to engage people with disabilities, patients, youth, families and communities in representing their lives, point of view, and experience using photos, video, art, and writing. Photovoice is a participatory approach to understanding and communication that encourages dialogue and mutual learning. It generates powerful data on health, community, and real lives. It engages participants, professionals, and the public in identifying opportunities for change. It fosters knowledge and awareness on issues of importance to families, communities, and policymakers alike, and helps people to feel their ‘voices’ are heard.
In this interactive online course (a combination of live Zoom sessions and asynchronous work) based on her award-winning in-person workshop, social scientist Laura Lorenz explores the foundations of Photovoice and shares photos from projects she has led in the US and South Africa since 2001 -- with teenage girls, youth living with HIV/AIDS, and adult brain injury survivors. For this course, disabilities from brain injury will serve as a running theme and focus throughout. Readings, presentations, and between-session assignments support person-centered learning and provide hands-on experience working with images and text. By the end of this training, participants will have a solid understanding of a popular approach to participatory health and community assessment, its ethical considerations, approaches to interpreting photos and text, and strategies for outreach. Participants will leave this course with hands-on experience and insights on adapting Photovoice to care, programming, and research intended to engage and benefit people with disabilities, patients, youth, families, and communities.

Laura Lorenz, PhD, MEd, is a social scientist using innovative approaches to engage patients, youth, and communities in health. A major focus in her work has been collaborating with interdisciplinary teams on programming and research to improve quality of life and function for people with disabilities from brain injury. Before her graduate studies, Dr. Lorenz encouraged community partnerships, project replication, and behavior change through continuing education and photo-journalism in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the U.S. (For more go to

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