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"Being the Change" Focuses on Supporting Healthy Families
An hour-long video ethnography about creating community health and well-being in California

Featuring professionals providing cutting-edge services for children, families and communities
Opens Being the Change video
Opens Being the Change video


This ethnographic video was designed to bring the faces and voices of participants and their worlds into direct relationship with policymakers, program developers, and legislative staff and legislators for the State of California.


Being the Change is one of two video ethnographies for the State of California, Department of Health Care Services, and was co-created with community leaders engaged in innovative community health projects. LTG worked with videographer Erick Lee Cummings on this research project focused on the prevention of early childhood obesity and family and community health. Being the Change is based on co-created interviews and video footage from across the state conducted with community leaders who are creating and providing services focused on family and community wellness. Each of the six service providers brings passion, energy, pragmatism, humility, and optimism to advance family and community wellness.

LTG earned an Honorable Mention from the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA) for this project in December 2017. Jurors noted that the videos provide the kind of empathetic, empowering message LTG sought to provide policymakers. "It's a nice example of ethnographic filmmaking."

The anthropological difference began with reframing the community participant-focused research questions to center on families and their lived experience and context. The video interviews and creation of the presentations depicted the lives of individuals that were then validated by the participants, closing the loop from interview to data to analysis to final video production. The video has been used for briefings, trainings, and policy and program development and provides models of how professionals with insight, vision, and commitment can shape the future with the people and communities that they serve.


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