Meet our Faculty: A Conversation with Sara Baumann


Sara Baumann is a graduate of BCHS from 2019 and the newest member of the faculty in BCHS. Her research focuses on harnessing visual, arts-based, and mixed methods for global health research. We asked...

What are you working on and with who? 

I am excited to shar a little bit about our latest Collaborative Filmmaking research study, which was a participatory, visual exploration of mental health experiences among youth in Pittsburgh. During the pandemic, we gave cameras to teenagers and worked closely with them to create, analyze, and scren short films to generate a deeper understanding of stressors and supports in their daily lives. The films ranged from short animations to documentaries and highlighted the educational system and societal expectations as key stressors in the lives of youth. 

The results also highlighted important supports for mental health like pets, getting outdoors, and numerous hobbies. 

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The Collaborative Filmmaking study was truly a team effort, which included students, faculty, and community partners. I would like to give a huge shoutout to Lindsay Pelcher (MPH), Christopher Wiltrout (MPH), Brayden Kameg (PhD student), Korrina Gidwani (undergraduate student), Jessie Burke (professor), Deborah Murdoch (Jewish Healthcare Foundation) and of course all the high school students who dedicated time to this project. 

Do you have a favorite BCHS memory? 

When I was a doctoral student at Pitt, I loved exploring the historic neighborhood of Friendship during Martha Terry's walking tour in BCHS 2554 Introduction to Community Health class! 

What is your favorite food, hangout, restaurant? 

It is hard to choose a favorite, but lately I cannot get enough of Taiwanese food (take out from Taiwanese Bistro Cafe 33 in Squirrel Hill is on speed dial). 

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