A collection of social media campaigns examining health through different lenses

What does it mean to be healthy? Who has access to health care or healthy food options? What does a healthy community look like, physically, environmentally, economically, mentally and spiritually?

These are some of the questions students explored during the 2018 fall session of Digital Promotoras, a Las Fotos Project program that engages teenage girls in community advocacy through photography and storytelling.

In collaboration with a range of local organizations, students created digital media campaigns that look at health challenges through different lenses; analyzing issues from an individual’s point of view while also keeping focus on the overall impact.

They documented the city’s vibrant, but only recently legalized street vendor economy, exposed the environmental hazards just steps away from our homes, and chronicled the many barriers low-income communities face in accessing health, mental, and reproductive care. They also followed along on a Boyle Heights resident’s journey to the Boston Marathon, featured a chef from a women-of-color collective that promotes veganism, and learned about the importance of traditional plant-based healing methods.

Each campaign aims to redefine health and empower us all to take action. We hope the viewer is encouraged to advocate a better definition of health for themselves, their community, and society at large.

Hover over the images below to read about each student’s focus area.

Featured Photojournalists:

Ketzally Alcala, age 12
Lauryn Cardiel, age 17
Emily Covarrubias, age 17
Nathalie Diaz, age 17
Lisbeth Garsia, age 15
Ruth Gutierrez, age 13
Jimy Jimenez, age 17
Silvia Lopez, age 16
Xitlali Martinez, age 15
Jasmyn Morales, age 16
Celeste Umana, age 13

Mentors:

Meryl Blumberg
Salina Canizalez
Kelly Chou
Blessie Escamilla
Martina Ibanez
Yesenia Varela

Teaching artist:

Liz Martinez

Partners:

St. John’s Well Child
Hood Herbalism
East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
CA Latinas for Repro Justice
Veggie Mijas
LA Food Policy Council
Boyle Heights Bridge Runners

This project was made possible thanks to the support of USC Good Neighbors Campaign.

Additional support provided by: Weingart Foundation, California Community Foundation, Ahmanson Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Horace Goldsmith Foundation, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Vernon CommUNITY Fund, Photographic Arts Council Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs

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