Health centers providing services to people without homes have tremendous potential to directly affect and influence numerous underlying societal inequities that contribute to health disparities in underserved populations. Last year, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council established our PhotoVoice Learning Collaborative to address the issue of the stigma of homelessness in communities across the U.S. This three-year project with eight health centers includes local, national, and digital exhibits to increase awareness and share local participants’ stories.
Consumers recruited through the participating health centers document their lived experiences through PhotoVoice, a research methodology that puts cameras directly in the hands of participants. Six of the eight health centers in the Learning Collaborative submitted photographs to this exhibit. We asked participants, “What do you want people to know about your experience?” They then submitted images and stories to answer that question with complete control over their content and how they chose to be identified.
Now is your chance to view their experiences in our digital exhibit complementing local exhibitions and national displays at our annual HCH Conferences & Policy Symposia. Contact Caroline Gumpenberger, NHCHC Director of Education, with any questions or comments.