The National Children’s Study Program Office is proud to highlight the Video Voice project, a formative research project recently completed by three Study Centers.
Formative research projects are focused studies supporting the goals of the National Children’s Study Vanguard Study. These studies are initiated by the Program Office and funded by the National Children’s Study Congressional appropriation. A chart is available on the Study Web site that compares the types of research conducted by National Children’s Study contractors.
Examples of current or previous formative research projects include: collection of fetal DNA circulating in cervical fluid, analysis of house dust samples, recruitment and retention of American Indian and Alaskan Native families in the Study, and analysis of measures of child health disparities. A number of these research projects have involved a collaboration of Study Centers partnering together to conduct the research.
One of these Study Center collaborations was the Video Voice project, in which the Johns Hopkins University Study Center, the Greater Chicago Study Center, and the Los-Angeles-Ventura Study Center participated. Video Voice is a health advocacy research method that involves direct and full participation of Study volunteers. Researchers provide cameras to the participants to enable them to explore a certain topic of interest to their community through filming their surroundings, the people they interact with, or anything that helps showcase their ideas and visions. The Johns Hopkins University’s Video Voice project entitled “It’s About Health: Voices from Montgomery County, MD” was recently accepted into the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) annual film festival and will be screened and presented at the APHA conference in October 2012. Click here for more details on JHU’s project.
Congratulations to the Johns Hopkins University Study Center on their achievement and APHA recognition.