|SIMS, SAVANNA - University Of Southern Mississippi|
|HUYE, HOLLY - University Of Southern Mississippi|
|LANDRY, A - University Of Southern Mississippi|
|CONNELL, C - University Of Southern Mississippi|
Submitted to: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/16/2014
Publication Date: 9/11/2014
Citation: Sims, S.B., Huye, H.F., Landry, A.S., Connell, C. 2014. Minority health perceptions in the Lower Mississippi Delta: a grounded theory study using PhotoVoice methodology. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics [abstract]. 114(9):45.
Technical Abstract: The Lower Mississippi Delta (LMD) region has a large minority population with concentrations of poverty and health disparities much higher than other parts of the country. The purpose of this project was to assess the health perceptions of minority women living in the LMD using a combination of PhotoVoice and journal reflections. After an initial interview, 10 women were provided digital cameras and asked to take photographs that reflected the health of their communities. A final interview was conducted to glean more information from the women about their photographs. Seven Black women and two Latinas completed the study. The photographs, journal reflections, and transcripts collected during the study were analyzed using grounded theory principles. The core category identified by the researchers was Hope for a Healthy Future. The participants were optimistic about the future of the LMD and were striving to attain the Ideal Healthy Community, which consisted of five pillars: nutrition education, physical activity, access to healthy food, safety and cleanliness, and positive role models. Participants identified barriers and facilitators to each of these pillars in their communities. The primary facilitator to health was a deep connection to family, church, and community. The primary barrier to health was resistance to change among community members. Overall, striving towards the Ideal Healthy Community was a source of participants' Hope for a Healthy Future. Findings from this study can be used to further understand the health-related needs of minorities in the LMD and to advocate for positive change in LMD communities.