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Health advocates take their message to the streets

Civic Engagement Fund 2015

Civic Engagement Fund

Students went onto the streets of Stratford to raise health awareness among local people.

Two teams ventured to the Westfield Stratford City shopping centre and Stratford High Street to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of lung cancer. The students were studying for a master’s degree in Public Health.

The campaign, entitled small c, was in carried out in collaboration with east London-based charity Community Links, who helped train the teams. 

Dr Fiona McGowan, the module leader for Health Promotion Theory and Practice, had already taken her undergraduate health promotion students out of the classroom to share their health messages with fellow students. 

Her postgraduate students also benefited from the experience.

“Many of my students are international, so they come from all sorts of different backgrounds. They may have very little experience of just talking to people," she said. 

"A big part of the learning here is about communication skills and that is a very important part of health promotion. They learn a lot, just by talking to people, and hearing their stories."

Dr McGowan said receiving civic engagement funding had been a major boost to the campaign.  

She said, “The money that we received meant that we were able to up the scale of our promotion activity.  For example, the students this year had T-shirts made showing clearly that the were from UEL and advertising the name of the campaign. 

“That helped a lot in terms of approaching the general public, and we also had resource material we could give out to help to share that message with the public."