Visual epidemiology: photographs as tools for probing street-level etiologies.

  title={Visual epidemiology: photographs as tools for probing street-level etiologies.},
  author={Carolyn C. Cannuscio and Eve E. Weiss and Hannah Fruchtman and Jeannette Schroeder and Janet Weiner and David A Asch},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  volume={69 4},
Epidemiologists and social scientists agree that place shapes health. But the model of "risk factor" epidemiology faces limits in explaining how neighborhoods, as complex systems, produce health or disease. This paper describes how visual methods can advance epidemiological inquiry. Drawing from the work of The Health of Philadelphia Photo-documentation Project (HOPPP), this paper asks the following question: how can visual methods inform the work of epidemiologists? The project was conducted… CONTINUE READING
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