Community Engagement within Research Uptake:
Wednesday 23rd March 2022
Engagement has been recognised as a crucial enabler of research uptake, where community perspectives and concerns shape how research findings are translated and add motivation for them to be applied at local and national level. ARCH and Mesh are working in partnership to present this webinar series where inspiring speakers will share their experiences and give their perspectives on the role of community engagement within the process of applying research to changes in health policy and practice.
At this webinar we will explore the role of community participation in healthcare policy with a focus on mental health. We will be joined by two experts in the field who will share their experiences of different research methods, creative interventions and service-user activism which have worked towards inclusive solutions to mental well-being in Southern Africa and Latin America.
- Julio Canario: Co-Founder & President at ISAMT Instituto de Salud Mental y Telepsicología, República Dominicana.
- Dr Cristian Montenegro - a qualitative health researcher with a background in sociology, community psychology and health policy. He is broadly interested in the intersection between health and democracy, at the micro (service-user and caregiver’s engagement) and macro-levels (health-related social movements and activist practices). He has conducted research on service-user activism and policy transformations in the mental health field, using a combination of ethnography, oral history, and in-depth interviews. He has worked as a consultant in the Chilean Ministry of Health and is a founding member of the Platform for Social Research in Mental Health in Latin America (PLASMA).
- Gabriel Hoosain Khan - (they/them) specialises in developing creative interventions (using art, writing and drama) to build leadership, engage youth and respond to crosscutting social issues. They are currently the Inclusivity and Capacity-Building Specialist at the Office for Inclusivity and Change, University of Cape Town. As part of their role, Gabriel develops and implements training and capacity building interventions which contribute to transformation, inclusion, and critical diversity. They work with academic, classroom support and other staff members involved in the teaching and learning environment to integrate content related to inequality, oppression and discrimination into curriculum and teaching practice.