In the fall of 2008, a traveling Photovoice exhibit was featured at several locations in the New Haven community. A reception for the main exhibit at City Hall was held on October 24th. Mayor John DeStefano provided opening remarks, and State Senator Toni Harp spoke about racial and ethnic health disparities in CT. Dr. Forrester Lee, a cardiologist at the Yale School of Medicine, discussed the relationship between lifestyle and heart disease. Other exhibit venues included St. Matthew’s Church, Varick Church, and the Community Outreach Center. The exhibits were viewed by over 250 people, and overall reactions were very positive.
Four themes emerged during this process:
- fear about children’s safety when playing outside;
- the loss of exercise facilities/resources in the community in recent years;
- concerns over the high costs of healthful foods; and
- limited availability of physicians and dentists to serve underserved and uninsured populations