PPE at NCCU Participate in Photovoice

This past April, PPEs at North Carolina Central University participated in the Every Woman Southeast “Photovoice” pilot project. PPEs took photos to document on-campus and in-community access to reproductive health and life planning resources and created a visual narrative of their experiences.

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Pictured is the Women’s Center on Central’s campus – a place where female students can find support, education, resources, and connections to others. There are several elements of this picture that help represent the safe haven the Women’s Center provides: The house shape of the building makes it feel welcoming; the sign on the building and its central location on campus makes it accessible to students; and the sunlight illuminating the building and the stairs leading upward point the way to this safe space.

Every Woman Southeast asked the PPEs to develop a narrative picturing the “barriers and facilitators to reproductive life-planning within their community”.

Throughout the month, the students captured images that illustrated their community’s growing awareness of women’s health and the involvement of men in family health. At the end of the school year, the group held a reception and invited administrators from the college and staff from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Women’s Health Branch and North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to view the images.

At the conclusion of the project, the NC Central PPEs set a goal for their campus to create safe spaces for students who are mothers to breastfeed and pump.

Every Woman Southeast (EWSE) is a coalition engaged in the community “to give all women a voice, to gain true equity, and to find new ways to achieve women’s wellness and justice”. EWSE’s Photovoice Project is now part of its Preconception Fellowship Program and will illustrate the state of reproductive health across a number of campuses and communities.

The date to apply for the fellowship has passed but if you would like to learn more, contact Suzanne Yergensen | suzanne_yergensen@med.unc.edu

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