Photovoice: a participatory action research strategy applied to women's health

J Womens Health. 1999 Mar;8(2):185-92. doi: 10.1089/jwh.1999.8.185.


Photovoice is a participatory action research strategy that may offer unique contributions to women's health. It is a process by which people can identify, represent, and enhance their community through a specific photographic technique. Photovoice has three main goals: to enable people (1) to record and reflect their community's strengths and concerns, (2) to promote critical dialogue and knowledge about personal and community issues through large and small group discussion of their photographs, and (3) to reach policymakers. This report gives an overview of the origins, key concepts, methods, and uses of photovoice as a strategy to enhance women's health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Community Participation / methods*
  • Community Participation / trends
  • Female
  • Forecasting
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research / organization & administration*
  • United States
  • Women's Health*