ERIC Number: EJ1067857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 20
Developing a Web-Based Tool Using Information and Communication Technologies to Expand the Reach and Impact of Photovoice
Strack, Robert W.; Orsini, Muhsin Michael; Fearnow-Kenney, Melodie; Herget, Jennifer; Milroy, Jeffrey J.; Wyrick, David L.
American Journal of Health Education, v46 n4 p192-195 2015
Information and communication technologies are opening up vast new arenas for conducting the work of health promotion. Technology-based health promotions expand reach, standardize information and its delivery, provide opportunities for tailoring, create engaging interactivity within content delivery, provide for privacy and autonomy, improve portability, and lower delivery costs. This commentary describes the ongoing exploration and development of a web-based tool for enhancing the reach and impact of Photovoice as a community change intervention. Features of the tool use information and communication technologies that integrate the use of an online learning management system, tailored messaging, gaming technology, interactive features, and the application of social media's power to increase the capacity of communities to employ comprehensive strategies to improve the health of their communities. It will enable individuals and groups to use photos and captions to assess the physical environment, social norms, and behaviors of communities; raise community awareness of the factors contributing to ill health in their communities; mobilize stakeholders; and inform environmental strategies and policy changes. It is the authors' belief that it will enhance the delivery of educational content about conducting Photovoice projects, provide features unavailable without the application of information and communication technologies, and be substantive advancement over existing Photovoice resources.
Descriptors: Information Technology, Management Systems, Photography, Consciousness Raising, Social Behavior, Health Education, Physical Environment, Community Change, Advocacy, Community Needs, Health Promotion, Web Based Instruction
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