The University of New Mexico’s Summer Institute in Community Based Participatory Research for Health, hosts a presentation titled, Uneven Power Relations, the Built Environment, and Policy Tools for Community Based Participatory Research, on Friday, June 2 at the UNM College of Nursing/Pharmacy, Room 135 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

Lauri Andress
Assistant Professor Lauri Andress

Lauri Andress, an assistant professor at the Department of Public Health Policy, Management and Leadership, School of Public Health at West Virginia University, will discuss a case study from a participatory Photoanalytic Project in West Virginia, based on community participatory research processes.

The case study incorporates non-traditional research tools of photoanalytics, GIS mapping, and video to support community input to policy-making. Andress explores the positives and negatives of narratives of “healthy places” and “built environment” for policymaking in low-wealth regions undergoing economic development and possibly displacement.

Andress has dedicated her career as a social sciences participatory researcher and policy analyst to public service where her expertise lies in linking scholarly work with social issues, the public policy process, and community organizing.

Her research interests have focused on nontraditional “evidence tools” as a means of working with communities in expanding the definition of valid evidence in public policy decision-making.

Co-sponsors for the event include: Center for Participatory Research, Institute for Indigenous Knowledge and Development, Center for Native American Health, Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at UNM, HSC Offices for Diversity and Community Health, and Community Engagement, CTSC, UNM.