Students combine research, photography to learn about health equity across Michigan
A group of undergraduate students from around the country came to Michigan to research health equity and document their findings through photography, under the direction of New York Times renowned photographer James Estrin.
For the Michigan Health Sciences Summer Institute’s Photo Voice project, 38 students blended their research skills with their artistic abilities to depict health standards usually shown through raw data and statistics. The students heighted their awareness of how social factors such as wealth, community and education impact the health of local residents by exploring health disparities in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, Fenton, Farmington Hills, Pontiac, Dearborn and Ypsilanti.
Student photos are featured below from the project, partly sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Office for Health Equity and Inclusion.
Torrean Johnson, a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, said the project restored his “passion to become that scientific problem solver.” Several local students also participated, including from Wayne State and Oakland universities.
About the Michigan Health Sciences Summer Institute at the University of Michigan Health System
The aim of the summer institute is to prepare high school, undergraduate students and recent college graduates to become leaders in the health sciences field. The Photo Voice project’s aim was to stimulate an interest and commitment to combating health disparities while promoting medical research.