14 May 2021 12:00pm - 1:30pm ONLINE SESSION (UK time). Please note time and date change


This is an online event hosted via Zoom. To attend please click on the zoom link at the bottom of the page.

Joint Reading Group with Geographies of Health

For this joint reading group co-organised by the Geographies of Health’s reading group and the CRASSH Health, Medicine and Agency network, we ask how we can understand and potentially intervene upon practices of (non)engagement between certain sociodemographic groups and healthcare services.

With Beatriz Aragon, a medical anthropologist and medical practitioner working alongside the Gipsy Roma Traveller community in Spain for years, we will read and discuss the second chapter of her PhD thesis, ‘The Admission Desk’. This chapter brilliantly describes healthcare access, prejudice and discrimination of GRT groups from the ground up.

To complement that perspective, we will discuss strategies to involve and engage with less heard communities in healthcare and research in the UK. Bella Starling, Vocal’s director and Wellcome Trust engagement fellow, will guide us through the innovative work that her team collaborates with a diverse range of community representatives in Manchester. 

Diverging in their approaches, we want to provide a forum and two readings to discuss what is gained and what is lost from the methodological and conceptual decisions we make when trying to unpack issues such as ‘cultural difference’ concerning health-seeking and clinical research participation.

  • Aragón Martín, Beatriz; (2017) Ill-timed patients: Gitanos, cultural difference and primary health care in a time of crisis. Doctoral thesis (PhD), UCL (University College London). The dissertation is available here: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10033930/
  • Islam, Safina […] and Bella Starling (pre-print).  “We are not Hard to Reach, but we may find it Hard to Trust” Involving and Engaging ‘Seldom Listened to’ Community Voices in Clinical Translational Health Research: A Social Innovation Approach. Research Involvement and Engagement. Pre-print available at:  https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-117166/v1

Further readings (optional)

  • Niksic, M., Rachet, B., Warburton, F. et al. Ethnic differences in cancer symptom awareness and barriers to seeking medical help in England. Br J Cancer 115, 136–144 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/bjc.2016.158
  • Montenegro, C. R. (2018). Beyond participation: Politics, incommensurability and the emergence of mental health service users’ activism in Chile. Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 42(3), 605-626. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11013-018-9576-9



 Zoom details (organised by Geographies of Health’s convenors):

Topic: Geographies of Health & HMA Reading Group
Time: May 14, 2021 12:00 PM London
Meeting ID: 861 9026 8566
Passcode: 574732



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