Immediate Release: June 2, 2017

Contact: Dean Welliver
Equality Organizer
O: 661-322-3033 ext. 1218 C: 661-331-4755

Dolores Huerta Foundation to host Bakersfield Community Health Photovoice Townhall

Who: Dolores Huerta Foundation’s Teen 4 Equality in collaboration with UCLA and Cultiva la Salud (Cultivating Health)

What: Photovoice Townhall explores health challenges and successes in Kern County through youth’s eyes

When: Friday, June 9th, 2017 from
5:00 – 6:30 PM

Where: Kern County Superintendent of Schools Access Building, 1330 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield

Bakersfield, CA – The Dolores Huerta Foundation will be hosting a Bakersfield Community Health Photovoice Townhall to engage educators, policy makers, elected officials, and the general community in conversations about the health challenges and successes that youth have identified in their community through the Photovoice project. Confirmed attendees include, Bryan Batey, KHSD Board of Trustees member, and Bob Smith, Bakersfield City Council Ward 4 and Vice Mayor. Other elected officials, including Rudy Salas and Zach Scrivner, have committed to sending representatives.

Photovoice pairs photographical documentation and written narrative to show decision makers health through the eyes of local youth. Photovoice allows youth the opportunity to share the solutions youth have envisioned to issues such as safe routes to school, healthy school meals, improved road maintenance, and improved access to public transportation.

The Dolores Huerta Foundation is a (501) non-profit dedicated to creating networks of healthy, organized communities pursuing social justice through systematic and structural transformation. Our youth program, Teens 4 Equality, has partnered with UCLA and Cultiva La Salud to conduct this Bakersfield Community Health Photovoice Townhall. This project offers high school youth in Kern County the opportunity to share their photos and narratives representing health challenges or successes in Kern County. The purpose is to inform and engage educators, policy makers, elected officials, and the general community in conversations about how to support these successes and what solutions the youth envision for the challenges. This is an opportunity engage with young people in our community who are actively seeking solutions to community issues that directly affect them.


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