Photonovels: An innovative approach to address health disparities and sustainability

Kara McGinnis, F. Alejandro Montiel-Ishino, Maisha Kambon Standifer, Deanna Wathington, Johnetta Goldsmith, Julie A. Baldwin

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Medically underserved and underrepresented communities have high rates of health disparities. In the greater Tampa Bay area, communities of color are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases such as cancer. In response to these concerns and as part of a lay health advisory program being implemented by the Center for Equal Health, a University of South Florida/H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute partnership, our group created a photonovel, an educational tool which explains topics using a graphic novel style. The photonovel was designed to educate community members about prostate cancer and was compared to standard cancer educational materials currently used for cancer outreach. We found that our photonovel served as an effective health education tool to address cancer health disparities in medically underserved and underrepresented populations in Tampa Bay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-448
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cancer Education
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Cultural competence
  • Educational material
  • Health disparities
  • Photonovels

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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