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Hannah Amies : Twitter Takeovers

Curated by Hannah Amies, Epidemiologist on Monday 9th Aug @AmiesHannah


Every week the global OHT Twitter account is curated by a wonderful member of the OHT community. They share with us how they do what they do, what they're interested in, their top tips and general learnings. We like to turn these Tweets into blogs as there is so much goodness in them!


Go on... sign up to curate our account on a Monday soon... you know you want to!


 




Hannah is an Epidemiologist by training (MSc, NDPH, Uni of Oxford) and has recently been spending time trying to understand how we can leverage healthcare data more effectively. She uses a data-driven approach to digital transformation, and designs innovative technology products that improve patient outcomes and experience. Hannah is an avid supporter of OHT and is currently working with a team of other OHT volunteers to build the OHT toolkit. Outside of Health Tech Hannah can be found keeping active, playing any sport that crosses her path, or having a quiet afternoon tucking into a good book and doing some embroidery. Hannah has been dabbling in the 'Digital nomad' lifestyle recently, having spent 3 months in Porto followed by another 3 in Lisbon... however she's decided to settle down in Oxford (for now, anyway).


On Hannah's take-over she gave us an overview of the OHT toolkit, shared Health Tech resources with us, and started a discussion about how we can discuss equality, diversity and inclusion in a safe, healthy and productive way.


 

Hellooooo! I’m Hannah @AmiesHannah and I hosting todays #Mondaytakeover. I am a Product Manager who loves to build Health apps but, as an epidemiologist by training, I am particularly interested in how we can leverage health data to improve health outcomes and inequalities.

I am passionate about Diversity and Inclusion within in the Health tech industry and am currently channeling this passion into the #OHTtoolkit campaign… more to follow


Today I am going to be telling you all about the #OHTtoolkit, sharing some of the resources I have found out about recently, and open up the conversation around how we can educate each other on all things D&I. Stay tuned, reach out, and let's have fun!


Unfortunately, it is no surprise that there are barriers to entry and career progression within healthtech that disproportionately affect people from underrepresented groups. Through OHT's established and growing platform we can address this…. And so began #OneHealthTechToolkit


1. What is the OHT toolkit? The toolkit will be made up of a collection of professional learning and development resources that will be designed to reduce barriers to professional development.


2. The scope is broad.. we could do a podcast series, curate a selection of valuable free-resources, or run an in-person training session…


3. The topics are equally as broad.. should we focus on empowering people to get that promotion, or is it hard-skills such as a data science training programme that will help reduce barriers.. or maybe educating people on how to improve diversity in senior leadership teams…


The truth is, all of this is going to be valuable. Help us know where to start! Do you have 5-10 minutes to help shape the support that the #OHTtoolkit will provide to reduce barriers people from under-represented groups may face in they a career in #DigitalHealth



On a personal note, I am very driven by meaningful impact and am looking forward to being able to measure the effectiveness of the #OHTToolkit.

Let's talk tools and resources! As part of my work for the #OHTToolkit, I am exploring whats out there to supports #Diversity#Inclusion#Equality in #HealthTech. Do you have a fave book/podcast/online course? Comment below to share any cool resources with the OHT community!


2. Did you notice that female Olympian boxers were wearing head-guards, but their male counterparts were not… this is because the study, which concluded that boxers who competed without head-guards were less likely to be concussed, was only conducted on men!! Why??!


3. As I discovered during my MSc in Global Health at @Oxford_NDPH

, this kind of situation in clinical research is not uncommon, and contributes to #HealthInequality.


4. I found ‘The Include Project’ recently. Its a great, FREE, interactive, and informative resource produced by @NIHRresearch and @StudentsNCL

, which walks through how to improve the inclusion of under-served groups in research. Do check it out!


5. INCLUDE is accessible online through NIHR Learn: https://learn.nihr.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=820… or http://openlearn.nihr.ac.uk. You need to sign up to the NIHR portal.


On the subject of educating, how we can challenge and educate each other in a safe way? It’s important to call-out discrimination and advocate for people from under-represented groups, but how do we do this in a way that encourages change? Share your tips below!


1. Firstly, discrimination should never be accepted, excused or dismissed. In cases where you do not feel comfortable challenging discrimination yourself, you should report it.


2. If you feel you might not be educated on a subject, it may be better to seek education before speaking. There are some great books people have written, or you can listen to people who have shared their lived experience in videos on YouTube such as @TEDtalks


3. You might also want to consider whether you are the right person to be speaking on a subject. For example, if it is a topic on discrimination against women, a female may have more perspective and authenticity


4. Try to remain compassionate and non-judgmental. It may seem obvious to you, but another person may be behind you in the learning journey. In many cases, discrimination may not be deliberate and so it may be more appropriate to speak to them privately to avoid embarrassment.


5. Final tip - We should try to be non-confrontational where appropriate, to avoid causing fear, which could actually prevent important conversations happening and hinder progress. Try to ask questions, make suggestions and point-out opportunities for change.


Final Tweet of the day, Thanks for having me! I love sharing good book recommendation so... Fevers feuds and Diamonds by Paul Farmer - this book gives so much context and insight to the Healthcare industry in Africa, and the case studies are really touching

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