‘Healthy Neighbors’ photography project involves Upstate, Pioneer Homes residents

Syracuse Post-Standard photographer Michael Greenlar uses a smart phone to review photographs taken by Mary Chavis, a resident health advocate at Pioneer Homes. Chavis is one of ten Pioneer Homes residents who has received healthy living and outreach training from the staff of Upstate’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Family Resource Center and Poison Center.

Newspaper photographer Michael Greenlar uses a smart phone to review photographs taken by Martha Chavis, a resident health advocate at Pioneer Homes. Chavis is one of 10 Pioneer Homes residents who received healthy living and outreach training from staff of Upstate Medical University and community agencies.

Pioneer Homes resident Martha Chavis and her neighbor-advocates are attending a series of photography classes coordinated by Upstate’s Mozart Guerrier and led by Post-Standard photographer Michael Greenlar.

“They are getting some good photographs. The residents are best able to get these photos because they have greater access to their subjects,” says Greenlar.

The resulting photographs — which range from positive health images of children playing and neighbors planting a community garden, to negative health images of cigarettes and empty liquor bottles — will be compiled in a “Healthy Neighbors” photography book scheduled to be published this summer.

Healthy Neighbors is a collaboration of Upstate Medical University and Pioneer Homes, the housing development adjacent to the Upstate campus.

 

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