Events relating to EDI within IGH and beyond
Every Mind Matters campaign
Starting on October 7th 2019, Public Health England is launching a major new mental health campaign, called Every Mind Matters. The campaign aims to support everyone to feel more confident in taking action to look after their mental health and wellbeing by promoting a range of self-care actions to promote good mental health and tackle common problems, as well as signposting wider resources and services for those in greater need. To get you started, there is a brief quiz to help guide you.
UCL Academy public engagement
On July 3rd 2019, a group of staff and students, led by Dr Delan Devakumar from the Institute for Global Health, engaged with students in the UCL Academy on global migration and health. The initiative was inspired by the UCL-Lancet Migration and Health Commission, which aims to drive policy change and increase the access to and quality of healthcare for migrants. Over two sessions, students were introduced to the topic of migration and health. They discussed definitions associated with migration (economic migrant, asylum seeker, refugee etc.), were presented with past and present migration trends, and were encouraged to critically assess political discourse and media representations of migration. At a time when migration is becoming increasingly politicised, the project hopes to continue engaging with students and encouraging discussions around the benefits and realities of global migration and health.
thinkHER Academia: a gender equality and public engagement event
On March 8th 2019 the Institute for Global Health at UCL (in collaboration with the social enterprise thinkHER Ambition) hosted 30 young girls aged 16 and 17 years old and their teachers from disadvantaged areas in London, to attend a workshop titled thinkHER Academia. Scope of the event was to introduce the students to academia, the opportunities available to them and what a career in research entails. After an introduction to Global Health led by Professor Alison Rodger, and an ice-breaker (led by Sarah Sterlini), the students attended five sessions lead by IGH colleagues:
- Participatory community action research (Shivani Singh)
- Introduction to mathematical modelling (Dr Lara Goscé and Dr Loveleen Bansi-Matharu)
- Online information research (Dr Rochelle Burgess)
- Innovations in public health (Dr Lele Rakanga)
- Empowerment (Asma Ashraf)
The event was organized by Lara Goscé (with Dr Jane Cavanaugh’s guidance) from UCL and Tom Chu from thinkHER Ambition. Maria De La Escura helped with organization prior to event and during the day.