Using photovoice to understand cardiovascular health awareness in Asian elders

Annette L. Fitzpatrick, Lesley E. Steinman, Shin-Ping Tu, Kiet A. Ly, Thanh G.N. Ton, Mei Po Yip, Mo Kyung Sin

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

18 Scopus citations


Photovoice, a qualitative methodology using photography by study participants, is an ideal tool for collecting information on awareness of cardiovascular health from the perspective of persons of different cultural backgrounds and English-speaking abilities who are often subject to health disparities. Participants of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean ethnicity were provided disposable cameras to photograph their perceptions of scenes promoting or acting as barriers to cardiovascular health. After the pictures were developed, they returned for a discussion in their native languages to contextualize the stories told in their photographs. Group facilitators spoke the respective native languages and transcribed sessions into English. Twenty-three adults participated (7 to 9 persons per ethnicity), ranging in age from 50 to 88 (mean 71.6) years; 48% were women. The photographs stimulated conversations of knowledge, beliefs, and concerns regarding heart disease and stroke. Issues surrounding food and exercise were most dominant across ethnic groups, focusing on fat and salt intake and the need to remain active. Cultural beliefs and issues of emotional health, including stress and loneliness related to living in a new country, were also depicted. Photovoice provided insight into perceptions of cardiovascular health that is vital for developing health promotion and education interventions in limited-English-speaking communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-54
Number of pages7
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • awareness
  • cardiovascular
  • ethnicity
  • multicultural
  • photographs
  • Photovoice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)


Dive into the research topics of 'Using photovoice to understand cardiovascular health awareness in Asian elders'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this