‘Youth Photovoice Project’ to be screened Aug. 5


Delaware County’s “Youth Photovoice Project” will premiere at the Strand Theatre on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m.

Over the last several months, Delaware County youth have gone out in their communities to capture what they thought represented good and bad health through use of photos, according to Delaware General Health District officials. The result has been compiled into a feature presentation, which will be shown at the Strand Aug. 5.

Youth participants, their families and community agencies are invited to view the project and “hear about how this innovative project truly gives the county’s youth a voice about the strengths and weaknesses of their community as it relates to health,” according to a prepared statement from the health district.

Facilitated by the Delaware General Health District and HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties Inc., 24 youths representing grades 6-12 participated in a two-part focus group during April and May. In small group settings, youth discussed the following items:

• What defines a community?

• How is health defined?

• Where does health (or an absence of) exist in our community?

The Photovoice project was used as a method of gathering information for the first stage of the 2015 “Youth Health Assessment,” according to health officials.

Using other methods, such as parent surveys, the Delaware General Health District — in collaboration with the Family and Children First Council of Delaware County — will assess the data once it is collected.

The council will then review all of the data collected and determine the top health issues facing Delaware County youth. Action plans will then be created to help improve the health issues chosen as the top priorities, officials said.