More than 30 Latino high school students joined Thomas Jefferson University and the newly formed Philadelphia Collaborative for Health Equity on Thursday to announce the results of a first-of-its-kind community health needs assessment of North Philadelphia’s Latino community, home to some of the city’s highest rates of poor health outcomes and health risk factors.

At an event held at Taller Puertorriqueño in North Philadelphia, students, through self-shot photos arranged in photo-gallery fashion, poignantly illustrated some of the results of this needs assessment from their unique vantage point — underscoring the environmental challenges they face in their North Philadelphia communities that negatively impact their health and well-being.

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Photo Credit: Thomas Jefferson University Photography Services.