Combining Photovoice and Focus Groups

Engaging Latina Teens in Community Assessment

Engaging Latina teens in a photography project empowered them to address barriers to physical activity in their Connecticut community.

Latina high school students in New Britain, Conn., have higher rates of obesity and lower levels of physical activity than their African American and non-Latina White peers.

Using a community-based participatory research methodology, investigators engaged Latina teens in photography workshops and group discussions (Photovoice) for them to document and reflect on community barriers to physical activity.

Barriers to engaging in physical activity out of school included: jobs, school work, caring for a child, and safety issues.

In a focus group, teens said they appreciated being able to have their voices heard by policy-makers through participating in a statewide symposium.