Las Fotos Project Presents “Health Watch”, a Youth Multimedia Screening

Health Watch is a collection of multimedia projects created by Las Fotos Project participants through our Digital Promotoras program, which empowers a group of teenage girls to use photography and media to highlight community health by documenting the stories of those most impacted.

Over the course of two 12-week semesters, girls explore social justice issues and work with community members to document and share their story through photographs and audio interviews. They use professional editing software to create a 2-minute multimedia piece, which is used to help raise awareness about public health inequalities and advocate for the change they want to see.

In Fall 2017 and Spring 2018, Digital Promotoras youth created a series of compelling visual narratives about the impact diabetes and obesity have in communities of color. Students focused their efforts in the neighborhoods of Boyle Heights and Lincoln Heights, which are comprised of predominantly Latino residents (94% and 70%, respectively). Within these communities, 35% of adults are obese (compared to 21% in Los Angeles County), while 50% of teens are obese (compared to 34% in Los Angeles County). Residents of these neighborhoods often times have limited access to low-cost healthy food and green spaces where families can exercise.

Utilizing a variety of research and multimedia tools such as photography, writing, video, and audio recording, each student developed their own perspective from which to report from. Areas of focus ranged from body positivity to the accessibility of insulin.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL PROMOTORAS
Digital Promotoras are youth leaders who use social media, photojournalism, and multimedia to promote awareness of health disparities and social inequities facing their community. Young women, ages 15-18, identify an issue and work together to build healthier communities, while also promoting civic engagement in their neighborhoods. Their projects serve as first-person digital narratives that inform audiences of available health resources and the actions being taken to create healthier neighborhoods, families, and communities.

Made possible thanks to the support of USC Good Neighbors

Additional support provided by the Ahmanson Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, California Community Foundation, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Herb Ritts Jr. Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Vernon CommUNITY Fund, and Weingart Foundation