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Nathaniel Amos

Alesia Mitchell

Throughout the month of October, we’ll bring you regular “Conference Countdown” posts that preview our fast-approaching annual event! Register today for the 5th Annual Schweitzer Fellows for Life (FFL) Conference: Achieving Health Equity Together on October 28-29, 2011.

When it comes to choosing which breakout sessions to attend, participants at ASF’s upcoming conference will have some tough decisions to make. (The conference will have three breakout rounds, each offering four to five session options on everything from LGBT health to elder care.)

One of those options, “Through a New Lens: Using PhotoVoice to Improve Community Health,” will be led by Alesia Mitchell, MPH, CHES and Nathaniel Amos, MSW/LSW (both Schweitzer alumni, or Fellows for Life):

Community-based participatory research (CBPR) enhances the value of health interventions by involving community members in intervention development, delivery, and outcome measurement. This session will enhance participants’ knowledge of CBPR methods by briefly introducing CBPR principles and outlining the application and efficacy of one particular CBPR research methodology, PhotoVoice. Additionally, participants will deepen their understanding of CBPR methods by formulating ideas about implementing PhotoVoice in their work with vulnerable communities.

Amos, a 2009-2010 Greater Philadelphia Fellow for Life, is a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania. As a Schweitzer Fellow, he identified and addressed the health needs of transgender-identified sex workers in North and Central Philadelphia, providing health and behavioral resources, as well as education on risk-reduction. Amos continues to work as a community advocate as well as a full-time staff social worker/psychotherapist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Counseling and Psychological Services.

Mitchell, also a 2009-2010 Greater Philadelphia Fellow for Life, is a certified health education specialist who works in the American Cancer Society’s Prevention & Health Disparities Department. As a Schweitzer Fellow, she provided education, support, and hands-on techniques for families in Delaware County looking for simple ways to incorporate exercise and healthier eating into their lives.

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Download a full listing of conference session titles and abstracts here, and register today for ASF’s 5th Annual Fellows for Life Conference: Achieving Health Equity Together! The conference schedule is now available online.

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