areas of expertise
I Graduated in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) in Sports Science at the University of Wales. Following graduation I worked for local government as a Smokefree Enforcement Officer and Coordinator for the new Smokefree Premises legislation. I was then recruited in Birkenhead, England as a Senior Technical Officer in Environmental Health focusing on tobacco control. Also during this time I graduated from The University of Chester with an MSc (Hons) in Exercise and Nutrition. I then progressed to the role of Public Health Manager in Wirral NHS as a Commissioner. This included developing, implementing and monitoring a range of services to improve public health issues including tobacco control, drug and alcohol reduction, CVD prevention, early years child health and tackling health inequalities. I also developed behaviour change techniques and social marketing skills as a key part of my role. In 2011 I became an Honorary Lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University and completed a PGCE to further develop my teaching skills. In 2012 I took a one year career break to go to South Sudan with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) as a Public Health Management Advisor for Wau County Health Department. For the next three years I will be undertaking a PhD with Liverpool John Moores University looking at skills and knowledge gaps of health workers in low to middle income countries. I am also currently a Volunteer Advisor for the Research Ethics Committee within the Faculty of Life Sciences at The University of Chester.
Kim Ozano's Papers
Reflexivity, positionality and power in cross-cultural participatory action research with research assistants in rural Cambodia
Education Action Research, Pages 1-15 | Received 25 Nov 2016, Accepted 12 May 2017, Published online: 05 Jun, 2017.
Abstract: This paper draws on the experiences of a doctoral student undertaking a cross-cultural, cross-language participatory action research (PAR) project in rural Cambodia. Cambodia is a largely Buddhist country with a complex history of religion, invasion, colonisation, war and oppression. Despite a democratic constitution, political control and fear of challenging authority are ever present; and all had an impact on the participation and development of this project. I recruited eight volunteer community health workers (CHWs) and two research assistants (RAs) with an aim to explore methods and challenges faced when trying to improve health with and for community members. Over eight participatory workshops and a two-day training session CHWs identified, implemented and reflected on solutions to community health problems. Simultaneously, the RAs and I reflected on the processes and challenges we faced. Creating opportunity for reflexivity allowed for discussion to emerge around culture, position and power and how these were impacting on the research process and outcomes. Established social hierarchical power structures in Cambodia presented challenges to undertaking a PAR project with emancipatory and social change aims. Such structures also impacted on the ability and readiness of participants to be critical and analytical. The importance of the RAs as cultural navigators and the necessity of embracing their situated knowledge as both an insider and outsider is a key finding.
- Published 6 June 2014
- Tagged International public health