Department of Bioethics to co-host Nov. 18 photo exhibit with work by Cleveland youth

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine’s Department of Bioethics and Esperanza Inc. are hosting a photo exhibit of images taken by Cleveland youth on the topics of health disparities and genetics. The exhibit will be held at the 78th Street Studios in Gordon Square Arts District on Nov. 18, 5-9 p.m.

The exhibit showcases the results of a community-engaged study designed to assess the knowledge, belief, and attitudes related to genetics, genetic research,and health disparities of underserved communities in Cleveland. Photo documentation encourages youth to share their reflections on health, genetics, and genetic research through photography. The youth share their images in the hope it will generate questions for the viewer about the health of their family and community. The hope is this project and the photographs enhance dialogue between family members and community members as an innovative way to increase awareness around health, genetics and genetic research.

The children, age 14-18, were given cameras and asked to capture images related to health disparities, family history and genetics. The children’s work will be on display for the public to view. All the youth who participated in the project selected one photo to be exhibited in the show and will be there to meet and share their experiences with individuals who attend the event.

The youth all reside on the west side of Cleveland, and most attend Lincoln West High School and attend programs of Esperanza Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the academic achievement of Hispanics in Greater Cleveland by supporting students to graduate high school and promoting post-secondary educational attainment.

To learn more about the gallery, please visit