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Akua Quao

Lecturer- Health & Social Care
School of Community Health and Midwifery
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Akua has worked in the public health sector for over 20 years’ with experience in project management, health communications and work based learning. Her track record includes curriculum design, developing and managing interventions which focus on awareness raising, influencing behaviour change and minimising the impact of social and health inequalities.

Akua teaches, module leads and supervises dissertations on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. She is also an admissions tutor for the (FdE) foundation degree Health & Social Care programme.

Akua has worked as a consultant using training, copy writing, broadcasting and project management skills to manage a range of media and training projects. For example, for Burson Marstellar, Department for Works & Pensions, Department for Health, RBE Associates, Royal Society for Public Health and GlaxoSmithKline. Akua has been responsible for the course design and teaching of accredited Health Trainer and Health Champions programmes for local authorities, NHS Trusts and Premier League football clubs in London. Akua worked as a senior radio producer/researcher on health programmes, broadcast on commercial radio stations in the South East, as well as syndicated programmes across university student radio stations. Akua project managed the 2016 Health and Wellbeing Awards/Public Health Ministers’ Award on behalf of the Royal Society for Public Health. Since 2012, Akua has been teaching in Further and Higher education, sharing her expertise with students who are keen to develop their knowledge and skills on applying theory into practice.

  • Diploma in Education and Training, City of Westminster College
  • Executive Coach Certificate, Academy of Executive Coaching
  • Mental Health First Aid England Instructor, MHFA England
  • MSc Health Promotion, Brunel University
  • BA (Hons) Humanities (Politics & History), University of Greenwich
  • Co-author with Terence Higgins Trust “Why Should I Test?” Benefits of HIV testing, health promotion material - Winner of 2002 BMA (British Medical Association) Patient Information Award
  • Changing role of radio/podcasting in health promotion
  • Increasing health literacy
  • Reducing factors that contribute to health inequalities
  • Royal Society for Public Health Fellow - FRSPH
  • Member of the Royal Society for Public Health Behaviour Change Special Interest Group