“Knox Community Well Be” - a community radio approach to community wellbeing and health justice

Authors: Heather A Davis*, University of Tennessee
Topics: Cultural Geography, Communication, Political Geography
Keywords: creative, critical, health, health disparities, community, well-being, activism, social justice, media, radio, Scotland
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8226, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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My presentation will discuss the empirical usage of community radio as a participatory research method to contribute to community wellbeing. Drawing upon research in participatory media, such as Gretchen King’s “Hearing community radio listeners: A storytelling approach for community media audience research”, I will show how I make use of my own radio show, Knox Community Well Be, on WOZO, 103.9 LP FM, the People’s Radio Station, as a qualitative creative method, to provide a route into the community, and a route for community members and organizations to contribute to local well-being efforts through discussion and promotion of the community work they are doing. This research is intended to aid in developing the effective use of community radio as a participatory methods tool in framing creative health messaging around well-being, and is also intended to provide policy recommendations to US and Scottish local governments regarding the use and impact of creative interventions in wellbeing promotion, as a sub-area of health inequalities, on their respective populations. This research will contribute to a larger health inequalities project that is my joint co-supervised PhD project between NHS Health Scotland, the health inequalities agency (NHS Board) of the Scottish Government and the University of Tennessee, Department of Geography.

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