Hidden Heroines: Lone Mothers Assessing Community Health Using Photovoice
AbstractBetween 2005 and 2007, a small group of lone mothers in Moncton, New Brunswick, carried out participatory action research within a university—community agency partnership. Applying the method of photovoice, the women took pictures within their community context on topics that they considered important to their health, health promotion, and quality of life. Eight themes that emerged from the process were represented with pictures and captions and presented in numerous public venues and conferences. Themes included finances, stress, support, personal development, violence and abuse, place, and transportation. The visual images and accompanying captions bring to the public arena the voices of those who are often most affected by public policy but have little, if any, input into its creation. Nurses and other health professionals can play a critical role in working toward gender and economic justice, while accompanying marginalized populations in ways that respect their beliefs, perceptions, and experiences.