One of the most interesting and compelling health methods is called Photo-voice.
“Photovoice is a participatory action research method in which individuals photograph
their everyday health and work realities” (Baker, T.A., Wang, C.C., 2006). According to
Wang and Burris who are the developers of Photovoice as a participatory action, health-
promotion research tool, the purpose of Photovoice is “1) to enable people to record and
reflect on their community’s strengths and concerns, 2) to promote critical dialogue and
knowledge about important community issues through large and small group discussion of
photographs, and 3) to reach policymakers” (Baker, T.A., Wang, C.C., 2006).
Please explore Photovoice method and share example of it being applied to different
communities. In your opinion, what are the advantages and disadvantages of this method
of community needs assessment?

Response to Post

Hello Claudia,
Your post on Photo-voice was well illustrated, and you explain the practicality of the
innovation. The technology enables stakeholders in a community to effectively call for action by
policymakers regarding health policies. Rather than writing long proposals which are usually
cumbersome to read and monotonous, Photo-voice enables the concerned parties to create

pleasing proposals within a short time (Community Tool Box, n.d). In line with the saying that a
picture is worth a thousand words, the use of photos and captions reaches policymakers’ minds
more effectively. Such proposals illustrate the situation on the ground and show an urgent need
for action hence obliging policymakers to act. It is an innovation that takes advantage of people’s
preference for visual learning to effect social change. By focusing on this innovation, the post
expanded my thinking on healthcare technology.



Community Tool Box. (n.d). Implementing Photovoice in Your Community.