Health Gap Selected to Present at 2014 Active Living Research Annual Conference

November 05, 2013

The Center for Closing the Health Gap announced today that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, selected the organization by review committee as a presenting workshop partner at the Active Living Research (ALR) Annual Conference in San Diego on March 9, 2014.


The workshop is entitled “Telling a Story: Using Photovoice as Part of a Community-based Participatory Research Community Needs Assessment.” Developed as an original workshop by the Health Gap, it is part of eight concurrently running workshop sessions at the event.

For selection, the Health Gap submitted an abstract, entitled “Listening to their story: Use of photovoice and interviews to develop an individual and advocacy-based health behavior intervention among urban-dwelling, low-income African Americans.” This research also earned them the opportunity to develop a six-foot by four-foot poster to be showcased during the event. Those selected also have the potential for inclusion in a future issue of Preventive Medicine.

“We are honored to take action on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s invitation to be part of the national discussion on health issues in vulnerable populations,” said Dwight Tillery, CEO of the Health Gap. “We have a place at the table with those leading the charge to address the root causes of diet-related illnesses and death in minority groups who are most deeply affected by the childhood obesity epidemic in our country.”

The Health Gap’s workshop will guide participants through a photography-based exercise of capturing images and then utilizing them to enrich their organizations’ stories and advocacy for policy and environmental change. The workshop aims to provide a forum for idea sharing, brainstorming, and also to show attendees how Photovoice can be used to empower their unique missions.

“Because of the work we are doing on a local level in Cincinnati, others outside our region are turning to us as leaders of the movement to close the health gap affecting vulnerable populations. We have the opportunity to help people make real change in their communities, which motivates us even more to challenge the health disparities running rampant through minority groups across this country,” Tillery added.

About The Center for Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati

The Center for Closing the Health Gap in Greater Cincinnati promotes awareness about health disparities through education, training, advocacy and outreach activities for organizations and individuals in Greater Cincinnati. The Center maximizes collaborative opportunities by working with organizations, associations, health institutions and other stakeholders to promote health and disease prevention.  The Center’s goal is to improve the health status of the African American, Latino and Appalachian populations. For more information, visit Follow the Health Gap on Twitter @CCHGcincy or Facebook @CloseHealthGap.

About Active Living Research

Active Living Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care issues. The program provides research that addresses the root causes of childhood obesity and physical inactivity, and supports strategies to promote active living. 

About The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, measurable, and timely change. For more than 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit Follow the Foundation on Twitter or Facebook


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