A Window Into Student Life During COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many aspects of our lives – our daily routines, social interactions, travel, and mental well-being. In the early months of the pandemic, a research team from Jefferson’s College of Population Health launched a photo elicitation project. The project’s goal was to get a better understanding of how the student community at Jefferson was impacted by the novel coronavirus, with the help of photography. Those who participated in the project were asked to take photos for about a week. A team of student researchers then interviewed the participants to delve into the meaning behind the pictures, and open up a discussion.
“We hope that this project identifies the unique challenges faced by our students right now,” says Rosie Frasso, PhD, Program Director of Public Health at the Jefferson College of Population Health. “But also sheds light on the struggles that society as a whole is experiencing right now, and what we’re doing to cope.”
Frasso and the research team – Jules LaRosa, MPH student, Cierrah Doran, MPH, Amanda Guth, PA-MPH student, Shimrit Keddem, PhD, MPH, Steve DiDonato, PhD, Martha Romney, JD, MPH, MS, RN, BSN, and other MPH students – plan to analyze the 40 plus interview transcripts, draft a report for Jefferson’s faculty and a manuscript for publication.
From a bathroom-turned-office to a sea of masks at ongoing protests against racial injustice, scroll through the images below that reveal the complexities of these unprecedented times: