CFP: ’Under-served’ or ‘Hard to Reach’? Community and participatory approaches in health research

’Under -served’ or ‘Hard to Reach’? Community and participatory approaches in health research. 

BSA West Midlands Medical Sociology Group Event, Friday 16 May 2014, Coventry University 

Key note speaker: Prof Mark Johnson, De Montfort University 

Traditionally some groups have been designated in policy, practice and research as ‘hard-to-reach’. All too often this assumption has come with an emphasis on encouraging assimilation to health services designed for a different population. This conference seeks to explore community and participatory approaches to health and health research which challenge the ‘hard-to-reach’ designation, and illustrate how better engagement with those ‘under-served’ can contribute to improving health. 

This one day seminar, organised by the BSA’s West Midlands Medical Sociology Group, aims to bring together academics, activists, PhD students and interested others to discuss the issues involved in developing better understandings of health and access to health services for groups that have often been ignored or denied appropriate provision. 

We invite abstracts (300 words) which illustrate community or participatory approaches to health and/or health research. 

Abstract submission deadline 28th March 

Abstracts and enquiries to: Nickie Boyle at N.Boyle@coventry.ac.uk (on behalf of WM Medsoc group convenors). 


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