Sunday, January 07, 2007

LHAL Pittsburgh - Latino Health Advocacy & Leadership

PHOTOVOICES...Phase Two...Please Join Us!!!!

Dear Friends,

Last Winter and Spring we were able to capture hundreds of images of Latinos in the Southwest Pennsylvania are at work and play, with family and friends...we mounted a five week exhibition at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers and conducted several policy lectures thanks to the kind support of our friends at the American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the Center for Environmental Oncology at UPCI, of the University of Pittsburgh.

We were also able to capture several dozen stories of Latinos regarding their beliefs about health and wellness; what it means to them to be Latino, and what it is like for them as aLatino to live in the greater Pittsburgh area. We also recorded video interviews.

LHAL is now beginning phase two of this project. Our goal is to be able to produce a DVD that can be used to educate our neighbors here and throughout the region about Latino health. Our goal is also to produce a web based "movie" that will tell our story. We desire to have both of these "tools" ready for release by the end of Spring 2007.

Our stories are important. The more our neighbors and policy makers understand us, the better our life will become.

There a few ways in which you can help us.

On January 25,26, February 16, 17 and 18 we will be recording stories by video and audio. Please contact Sue Myers at myers@telerama.com to schedule an interview. Stories may be told in Spanish, English or a combination...please let us know in advance if you would like a translator to be available.

We will also collect written stories by email. Please also submit them to: myers@telerama.com by Wednesday February 28.

You will be asked to sign a document called a "release form" that will allow LHAL or Health Equity Associates to publish or make public your images or stories for educational purposes. You can choose to remain anonymous, or to have your first name only or your full name used in the Photovoices projects.

Please join us...we need to continually work with our neightbors, health systems, public health authorities and government to promote a fuller iunderstanding and acceptance of Latino health.

Thank you!

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