Participants were engaged in a series of workshops in the Region of Peel in 2019. These workshops were developed and facilitated by members of the research team - a group of racialized, public health graduates.
Session 1: Orientation
Introduced group expectations, social determinants of health and the Beyond the Body Project.
Session 2: PhotoVoice & Photography
Outlined the PhotoVoice tool and taught participants photography basics.
Session 3: Social Determinants of Health
Facilitated a conversation on the social determinants of diabetes using the socio-ecological model. Participants were also guided through a photography demo, covering topics including consent and safety.
Participants were given two weeks to photograph their community using the following prompts:
'What are health and unhealthy elements in your life and/or community?'
'What are positive and negative elements that shape your health and your family's health?'
Session 4: Focus Groups
Participants were divided into three focus groups, consisting of 5-6 participants and 2 facilitators. Participants selected their top photographs and engaged in a facilitated, reflexive discussion using the SHOWeD technique.
Session 5: Reflection & Civic Action
Introduced participants into civic-action approaches and included a hands on activity with advocacy strategies.
Each youth participant selected two visual narrative stories to share for focus group discussion. The SHOWeD method by Caroline Wang and Mary Anne Burris was used to engage youth in a series of questions to critically analyze the content of their photographs. Through answering the SHOWeD questions and combining their photos with their narratives, youth began to define themes related to how migration stressors, income insecurity, mental health, the built environment, and interpersonal relationships influence higher rates of diabetes in the South Asian population.