Akua Quao

Akua Quao

Lecturer- Health and Social Care

School of Community Health and Midwifery

Brook Building, BB324

+44 (0) 1772 89 6326

AJquao@uclan.ac.uk

Akua is a public health practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in health communications and training.  Her track record includes developing and managing interventions which focus on awareness raising, influencing behaviour change and minimising the impact of social and health inequalities.

Full Profile

Akua has worked in professional roles using training, copywriting and broadcasting skills to manage media and training projects.  For example, for Burson Marstellar, Department for Works & Pensions, 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.

She worked as a senior radio producer on health programmes, broadcast on commercial radio stations in the South East, as well as syndicated programmes  across university student radio stations.  Akua has co-authored award winning health promotion material with the Terrence Higgins Trust.

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 how to apply theory into practice.

Qualifications
  • 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

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Akua teaches, module leads and supervises dissertations on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Memberships

Royal Society for Public Health Fellow-FRSPH

Research Activities

Areas of research interest:

  • The use of radio as a health promoting tool
  • Increasing health literacy

External Affiliations and Roles

Member of the Royal Society for Public Health Behaviour Change Special Interest Group.

Conferences

International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges (2015), Okanagan, Canada.

Afro-European Conference on Integration, (2001) Stockholm, Sweden.