ERIC Number: EJ1022834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
"When We Learn Better, We Do Better": Describing Changes in Empowerment through Photovoice among Community Health Advisors in a Breast and Cervical Cancer Health Promotion Program in Mississippi and Alabama
Mayfield-Johnson, Susan; Rachal, John R.; Butler, James, III.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v64 n2 p91-109 May 2014
As change agents in the community, community health advisors (CHAs) are a viable solution to bridge the gap between health service delivery systems and the community. With many CHAs members of the underserved and minority populations they serve, change and empowerment experienced by CHAs should be documented. This phenomenological study describes the empowerment change processes of 30 African American CHAs who participated in focus groups that used photovoice, and were part of a breast and cervical cancer health promotion program in Mississippi and Alabama. Using photos and narratives as primary research methods, these CHAs gave voice to an often-overlooked resource in the improvement of vulnerable populations in the education and promotion of the community's health.
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Cancer, Change Agents, Community Health Services, Health Personnel, Phenomenology, Focus Groups, African Americans, Empowerment, Photography, Personal Narratives, Feminism, Cultural Background, Religion, Family Environment, Knowledge Level, Role
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama; Mississippi