A few of you have been asking what I’m up to next, so I figured it’s about time for a bit of a career/life update . As many of you know, I’m hugely passionate about language and health communication, and I’m so aware of and interested in the way language shapes our behaviour and identities. When I started working and writing in the health industry, I kept thinking about how so much of the discourse used when we discuss wellness creates and reinforces inaccessibility to health, and I’ve been wracking my brains on what I can do to help change that conversation. Writing and speaking about this in the scope of food and fitness has been amazing and generated such a great response, and there’s been an incredible shift in how we frame ourselves in relation to our health, but there are so many areas that still need addressing, for instance the language of disability and chronic illness, mental health and poverty. Needless to say, I’m on a bit of a mission to help us all think a little more carefully about the our words and make the prospect of living well applicable and accessible to everyone .
Of course, the catalyst of all change is education so I’m beyond excited that I’m heading back to my alma mater KCL to study an MSc in Medical Humanities. I’ll be getting down and dirty in not only clinical and academic health discourse, but also law, politics, marketing and media, and using what I uncover here to support health professionals and influencers in spreading positive and inclusive messages, plus of course writing more to give you the tools to know when the industry could be taking you for a ride . I’ll be writing a lot more about what I’ve done so far, what I’m hoping to do, etc on the blog over the next few days (there’s so much and I know I can go on ) but to keep it short for now, I’m so excited and I couldn’t be more grateful for having this platform to help me realise this new goal . I’m ready for you again library life!
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