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For the past year, Charlee Fitzgerald has been completing her Masters of Public Health whilst working as the Neighbourhood Health Worker for Cheetham and Crumpsall. She shared how she’s used the Knowledge Service to support her studies and professional development.
Q: What is your role?
A: I am the buzz Neighbourhood Health Worker for Cheetham and Crumpsall. My role is to work with residents in the neighbourhood to identify their community development goals, then help turn these ideas, ambitions and conversations into activities! I have just completed my Masters of Public Health degree.
Q: How did the Knowledge Service support you?
A: When I started at buzz, I asked to be put on the mailing list for the weekly Public Health Bulletin. I also asked for physical books to support my Masters modules and dissertation that weren’t available at my academic institution.
Q: How did using the Knowledge Service help?
A: I have found the Knowledge Service to be very useful for my professional development and for my studies. During the pandemic, there was a real need for credible information in the realm of public health and the email updates delivered relevant and concise information in an accessible format.
For my dissertation I wrote about the impact of community mutual aid groups in the response to COVID-19. Getting the Public Health Bulletin meant I was able to explore different research topics and sources as well as highlight research that I had not come across previously.
The library were also able to order books that I requested and lend books relevant to my research topics which really helped when physical copies of books weren’t available at my academic institution.
Now I am finished with my studies I still find the public health email updates useful to keep up with relevant public health research and consider this in my practice.
“The regular Public Health updates have been useful in my professional development as I am able to keep up to date with current public health topics, as well as discovering new topics for me.”
Charlee Fitzgerald - Neighbourhood Health Worker
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