Mini-Grants: Community Health Mapping

Summary report of NASA Mini-Grant Project, Community Health Mapping (Pima County 4H)

"Thank you once again for the grant. This amount helped us put together a fun and innovative project with another youth organization [Steve Daru Clubhouse of the Tucson Boys and Girls Club--membership primarily Hispanic youth--80% of total from underrepresented minority groups.]...The Community Health Mapping Project had three significant outcomes:

  1. Participants were shown how to make observations, record them, and present them to a group...
  2. Heightened awareness of their communities. Numerous participants noted how they "look" at their community more, how they are more observant since going through the project. They are more aware of what is going on and what needs to happen to have a more desirable community.
  3. Exposure to technology.

Less than half of the participants had seen an aerial photograph, most knew about digital cameras but few had actually used one, none had even used a GPS unit, digital range finder or clinometer. They not only were exposed to the technology, but they used it and saw how the technology fed into their observations of the neighborhoods. They saw uses of the technology that they had not seen before. The parents that attended the final session were impressed with the amount of work the participants had done. They also expressed how important this type of instruction is for the young people--how they can get involved in their community, not just live in it."

The following images were taken through the duration of the project:

Community Health Mapping 1

Community Health Mapping 2

Community Health Mapping 3

Community Health Mapping 4

Community Health Mapping 5

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