Dr Anthea Lesch
Dr Anthea Lesch will be visiting Keele from Stellenbosch University, South Africa in January 2019 and will be hosted by Dr Lisa Dikomitis, Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences (iPCHS) and School of Medicine and Professor Mihaela Kelemen, Director of the Community Animation and Social Innovation Centre (CASIC) at Keele.
Dr Anthea Lesch is based in the Psychology department at Stellenbosch University Her research interests include the social determinants of health, psychology and public health, psychosocial aspects of HIV prevention, paediatric HIV/AIDS disclosure, community participation in health promotion, socio-behavioural issues in HIV vaccine research, and the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.
During her visit to Keele in January 2019 , Dr Lesch, Dr Dikomitis and Professor Kelemen will be working on a project entitled ‘For the common good, health and wellbeing: developing creative participatory methodologies for patient and public involvement and engagement in global health research.'
The aim of the fellowship is to explore ways to develop sustainable, effective and inclusive community engagement in clinical and social scientific global health research . Community engagement is widely promoted as the key to the success of community based health research and intervention, where community involvement is emphasised in all stages of the design and implementation of such projects. In global health research, the question of how to implement such community engagement remains largely unaddressed and a continuing challenge as such work must take into account the local cultures and contexts t that the shape the everyday experience of communities.
The fellowship project aims to explore and develop creative interdisciplinary participatory methodologies that are culturally appropriate and tailored to local community contexts. Such approaches have the potential to extend and deepen the involvement of community members in ways which are mutually beneficial and empowering and which will position the research to become a social good.
If you would like to know more about the plans for Dr Anthea Lesch’s fellowship or would like to meet her during her visits to Keele, please contact Jo Flynn.