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“Picturing” Health: A Photovoice Pilot of Latina Girls' Perceptions of Health

Vaughn, Lisa M. PhD; Rojas-Guyler, Liliana PhD, CHES; Howell, Britteny MA

Section Editor(s): Lundy, Karen Saucier PhD, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/01.FCH.0000336093.39066.e9

The purpose of this study was to conduct a pilot participatory needs assessment, using Photovoice to engage in a critical dialogue with preadolescent Latina girls about their perceptions of health and immediate health concerns. Seven Latina girls participated in the Photovoice study and held a photography exhibition for the community to display their photographs and quotes from their discussions. Eight themes about being healthy emerged. Conducting a needs assessment, which concentrates on the voices and needs of these girls, can be the first step to creating successful and cost-efficient programs and interventions specifically suited to this group.

From General and Community Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine (Dr Vaughn) and Education and Training (Ms Howell), Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Harmony Garden Inc and Health Education & Promotion, University of Cincinnati (Dr Rojas-Guyler), Cincinnati, Ohio; and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Philosophy, Northern Kentucky University (Ms Howell), Highland Heights, KY.

Corresponding author: Lisa M. Vaughn, PhD, Department of General and Community Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, MLC 2008, 3333 Burnet Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45229 (e-mail:

This project was supported through funding provided by Harmony Garden, Inc.–-Growing Healthy Girls (

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.