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Alternate Route

Alternate Route: Reimagining Healthcare between Doctors and their Communities shares the story of members and the founder of the Walk with a Doc (WWAD) program. WWAD is a health promotion campaign where participants and providers walk for and talk about health beyond the confines of the doctor’s office. Based on research conducted by Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer and award-winning producers, Steven Hames and Dr. David McCoy, the film follows community members who share their account of personal health experiences involving breast cancer, type II diabetes, training for a marathon, and the management of weight through exercise and social support.

  • Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer
  • Steven Hames
  • Dr. David McCoy
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    27 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography

Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer is an Associate Professor of Public Relations in the Department of Communication at Berry College. Her research interest is guided by how we negotiate meanings in a health context while also attending to the ways these experiences come to inform being (e.g. selfhood), doing (e.g. action), and becoming (e.g. interplay among being and doing). In exploring alternative potentialities of meaning, she strives to examine and unpack imagined possibilities from and in-between the sites of multiple realities contingently informed by our lived experiences. Her research has been cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.

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Director Statement

Based on my research, Alternate Route is a film dedicated to doctors, nurses, medical staff and their patients who work to dismantle health inequalities and reimagine meaningful patient-
provider care relationships. My work has been published in Health Communication, Research on Aging, Health, Risk, & Society, and Health Marketing Quarterly.