Summary: As the field of global health expands, the number of travelers to the Global South in pursuit of research, study and practice continues to grow. This influx, along with the effortlessness required to generate and share digital images through a multitude of social media platforms, risk a morally murky combination with the potential to proliferate harmful representations of host communities at unprecedented rates. Visitors have an ethical obligation to preserve the dignity of all photography subjects and uphold strict, mindful guidelines to avoid the exploitation of any subject, regardless of the intended use of photos or videos. Watch the recording here!
By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Recognize how photography affects the global health space and the role that photographers and their images play in the wider narrative
- Identify best practices in global health photography according to the literature
- Apply concepts learned to uphold dignified, ethical global health photography principles as practitioners and stewards of their fields
Join the discussion, followed by a Q&A with:
David Alexander, Photoshare Manager, Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)
David Alexander is a Program Officer at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) and the manager of Photoshare (www.photoshare.org
), an editorial photography collection focused on photography’s vital role in global public health and development. David is a expert photographer with over 15 years of experience managing digital collections, website development, and building global communities. He is a knowledge management professional who has conducted workshops and trainings to global audiences on photography techniques, storytelling, and the best practices for informed consent and fair use. David is a leading advocate for importance of photo-sharing and a champion of user incentive models—creating the long running Annual Photoshare Photo Contest and other meaningful opportunities to engage communities and demonstrate the value and impact of photo-sharing. David also serves as the lead photographer for the global storytelling initiative, Family Panning Voices (www.fpvoices.org
). His portraits have been featured on Guardian UK, Marie Clare, and Teen Vogue.
Dr. Helen Brotherton, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Dr Brotherton is a Paediatrician and Clinical Researcher with over 20 years clinical experience in a variety of health-care settings including West Africa, Ireland and UK. She is currently leading research in The Gambia focused on improving the hospital care of sick preterm infants using kangaroo mother care (eKMC trial). Other research interests including hospital acquired infections and AMR, implementation science and pragmatic clinical trials.
Jessica Evert MD, Executive Director Child Family Health International (CFHI) Dr. Jessica Evert straddles international education and the medical profession. As Executive Director of Child Family Health International (CFHI) she leads one of the largest and most well-respected Global Health experiential learning organizations, with over 40 programs in 11 countries, and over 200 collaborating universities. Dr. Evert is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and is a longtime advocate for health-related international education quality and ethical standards. She is author and editor of multiple chapters, articles and books in global health with a focus on education, ethics, and asset-based engagement, including the seminal texts, including Global Health Experiential Education: From Theory to Practice, Developing Global Health Programming: A Guidebook for Medical and Professional Schools, and Reflection in Global Health: An Anthology. She helped develop the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards for Health-Related Undergraduate Programs. Dr. Evert is a recipient of Global Health Education Consortium's prestigious Christopher Krogh Award for her dedication to underserved populations at home and abroad. Dr. Evert's research and advocacy areas of focus are the ethics of global educational engagement, competency-based international education, health disparities, asset-based programmatics and reflection.
Jennifer Staple-Clark, Founder and Chief Executive Officer Unite for Sight
In 2000, Jennifer Staple-Clark, then a sophomore at Yale University, founded Unite For Sight in her dorm room. Unite For Sight is now a leader both in global health education and in providing cost-effective care to the world's poorest people. She has been featured twice in Nicholas D. Kristof's columns in The New York Times, and cited in A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Jennifer Staple-Clark was also featured weekly on CNN International in 2007 and 2008.
Jennifer is the recipient of the 2011 John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award, presented by the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Institute of Politics at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government to "an individual whose contributions in the realm of community service, advocacy or grassroots activism have elevated the debate or changed the landscape with respect to a public issue or issues." In 2015, Middlebury College's Center for Social Entrepreneurship presented Jennifer with the Vision Award "to recognize leadership and vision in the world of social entrepreneurship." She is also the recipient of the Yale School of Public Health's Centennial Leadership Innovation Award. In 2013, she received the Praxis Award in Professional Ethics from Villanova University. Jennifer also received the American Institute of Public Service's 2009 National Jefferson Award For Public Service, which is regarded as the "Nobel Prize" for public service. In 2007, Jennifer was awarded a BRICK Award, which honors and funds change-makers who identify problems and work to change the world. She has also been featured in the book Our Time is Now: Young People Changing the World, as well as in many other publications.
Jennifer is the author of journal articles and book chapters about social entrepreneurship, best practices in global health, and community eye health. Additionally, she serves as a judge in social entrepreneurship competitions, including the Canadian Government's Grand Challenges in Health. A cum laude graduate of Yale University, Jennifer is also a member of the Yale University President's Council on International Activities, and on the Operating Board of the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute. Jennifer frequently gives presentations and keynote addresses about social entrepreneurship and global health.