Outreach and Public Engagement

Working collaboratively

We are working with the general public (you!) to set up the Kids’ Environment and Health Cohort. We want to ensure your views and ideas of parents, children and young people are incorporated as we develop the cohort. This includes ensuring that the Cohort we are setting up is used to answer questions that are important to children, young people and parents.

Which groups have we been working with?

To date we have met with a number of groups of parents, children and young people to discuss our work. In particular, we work very closely with the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Young People’s Advisory Group and the GOSH Parents’ and Carers’ Advisory Group (https://www.gosh.nhs.uk/our-research/our-research-infrastructure/nihr-great-ormond-street-hospital-brc/patient-and-public-inv/), who have been involved from the start with this project. The GOSH YPAG helped us choose a name and gave us ideas for our logo!

We have also visited schools to talk about how we use data to research the link between the environment and child health.

For more information of how you can work with us in the development of the Kids’ Environment and Health Cohort, please refer to our contact section or email a member of our team @ kenvh-cohort@ucl.ac.uk

What we have learned so far

Via our collaboration with YPAGs, charity organisations, and young people we have co-developed the Kid’s Environment and Health public engagement strategy, as well as incorporate feedback into creating our communication materials. In the future we want to involve young people and their carers directly with understanding the types of research priorities and needs of the children young people whose data constitute the he Kids’ Environment and Health Cohort.

How can I contribute? 

We want to use the Kids’ Environment and Health Cohort to answer questions that children, young people, parents and the public think are important and useful. If you would like to share your personal views on the research we’re doing, or suggest other questions we should look at, please contact the team at: kenvh-cohort@ucl.ac.uk

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