The project's purpose is to better understand the everyday life reality of at-risk middle school adolescents and the challenges they face in their pursuit of health and happiness. My goal is to bridge the chasm between the perspectives of at-risk adolescents experiencing these challenges and the providers giving them medical care. The target population is students enrolled at George Washington Community School who participate in my residency department's mentoring program titled The Doctor is In."
The students will take pictures during their everyday lives and discuss them in facilitated groups in order to identify barriers and assets from the students' perspective. The photographs, including narratives, will be on display at the school's Community Night and at a local museum. This project will not only bring awareness to the issues affecting the students, but will also uncover aspects of their lives that bring them joy and enhance their potential to be successful. Understanding the everyday life reality of these at-risk adolescents will guide development of health education, prevention strategies, and legislative proposals for this target population. The potential result will be a medical home better equipped to address the needs of at-risk children and to improve their quality of life."