Drawing From Freirian Empowerment Methods to Develop and Use Innovative Learning Maps: Increasing Enrollment of Uninsured Children on Detroit's Eastside

Ellen D.S. Lopez, Richard Lichtenstein, Alonzo Lewis, Jane Banaszak-Holl, Cheryl Lewis, Penni Johnson, Scherry Riley, Nancy M. Baum

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In 2001, virtually every child on Detroit's eastside was eligible for health coverage, yet approximately 3,000 children remained uninsured. The primary aim of the Eastside Access Partnership (EAP), a community-based participatory research collaboration, was to increase enrollment of uninsured children in state programs. To achieve this aim, one of the approaches that EAP is using is the innovative Learning Map© titled Choosing the Healthy Path, which was developed in collaboration with Root Learning, Inc. Although Learning Maps were originally developed to assist corporations in implementing strategic change, their integration of visualization and interactive dialogue incorporates Freirian principles of empowerment education, making them a viable option for providing meaningful learning opportunities for community residents. This article presents the collaborative process involving the University of Michigan, local community-based organizations, community members, and Root Learning consultants to develop a visual map that enables community residents to understand and overcome the barriers that prevent them from obtaining health insurance for their children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-191
Number of pages11
JournalHealth Promotion Practice
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • empowerment
  • insurance enrollment
  • Medicaid
  • outreach; uninsured

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