Using Videovoice Methods to Enhance Community Outreach and Engagement for the National Children’s Study

Since I'm always talking about either food allergy or asthma on this blog, I wanted to take a minute to share a completely different side of my research with you.  A little over two years ago, I was the Principal Investigator of a sub-study of the National Children's Study that looked at how we might be able to use participatory video to help educate community members about the National Children's Study and perhaps encourage them to participate themselves. To do that, we recruited a group of women from six different communities in Chicago and taught them how to use videocameras to interview people in their neighborhoods about things that are important to them with regard to maternal and child health, their thoughts about the National Children's Study, and their suggestions about how the National Children's Study could better engage their particular communities.  We worked with these women to create promotional videos, which were then disseminated throughout their communities in order to educate residents about the National Children's Study.

A paper explaining the project and what we learned was just published in the journal, Health Promotion Practice.  If you're interested, you can read the paper (or at least a summary) online at this link.