Our Voice: Citizen Science for Health Equity

The Our Voice Initiative empowers community members to drive change in their local environments. Using the Discovery Tool mobile app, these “citizen scientists” document features of their communities that impact their ability to lead healthy lives. They then review their own findings, prioritize areas for change, and mobilize to promote improvements that will support community health.

This 2-minute video describes the Our Voice approach.


Health Equity

Everyone can live a healthy and vital life, regardless of economic or social status.

 

Our Voice Citizen Scientist

Ordinary people who use community data to activate change.

Our Faculty Director

"We believe firmly that health is a right for everybody, regardless of their circumstances, regardless of where they live. We are trying to harness technology to ensure that everybody can live healthy and active lives."

Dr. Abby C. King, Professor of Health Research & Policy (Epidemiology) and Medicine, leads the Our Voice initiative.  This brief video was produced as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Stanford Center on Longevity.

Our Voice in Action

In late 2010, researchers from the Stanford Prevention Research Center identified a number of challenges to healthful living for seniors. In response, the center established Neighborhood Eating and Activity Advocacy Teams (NEATT) to organize seniors and improve their access to healthful food.

The NEAAT Study was conducted by the Healthy Aging Research & Technology Solutions (HARTS) Lab (Director, Dr. Abby C. King) at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, within the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Abby C. King speaks at the Health Matters Conference about the role of environment — specifically neighborhoods — in shaping one's health. 

"The most important health number is your zipcode. Where you live, the characteristics of your neighborhood, affect things...in a huge significant way in terms of your health and your well-being." 

Our Voice Impact

"This experience has changed my life.  I see inadequacies everywhere I go as it relates to pedestrian access and safety.  I even stop [at] construction sites to remind them to be considerate of the handicapped in our community.  Thank you all so much for this awareness and empowerment to require change."

~ Pam Jiner, GirlTrek Advocacy Leader, Denver CO