Senior Lecturer in Global Health, Global Health Team, Department of Health Sciences
Helen Elsey is Associate Professor of Global Public Health in Department of Health Sciences, the University of York. Her research focuses on urban health in low income countries, in particular issues of gender and equity in relation to health risk and behaviour and the development and evaluation of complex public health interventions to improve the health of disadvantaged populations. Current work includes testing novel survey methods to improve the representation of the urban poor and understandings of urban poverty; systems research to strengthen the role of city governments to address health inequities and developing interventions to improve health and reduce injuries in urban slums. Helen is engaged in work with people with tuberculosis in South Asia, developing interventions for tobacco cessation and to improve psycho-social well-being.
She has methodological expertise and experience in mixed-methods, cross-sectional designs, implementation research particularly alongside RCTs, qualitative methods, systematic reviews and participatory action research.
For more details of current projects please follow these links:
Improving the representation of the urban poor in household survey methods and working with local government to improve their use of data and evidence in Dhaka, Kathmandu and Hanoi (GCRF/MRC) https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/directory_record/960/surveys_for_urban_equity
Developing and evaluating day-care to improve health and social outcomes of urban poor families (MRC PHIND) https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/directory_record/959/urban_anchal
Development, testing and scaling-up a tobacco cessation intervention for people with TB in Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh (EUH2020): https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/research/public-health/projects/tb-tobacco/ and https://tbandtobacco.org/
Research Programme Consortium focusing on urban health systems and improving primary care in urban areas (Nepal), linking public and private providers in urban areas (Bangladesh) and developing interventions to improve mental health among people with MDR TB (DFID RPC)http://comdis-hsd.leeds.ac.uk/
Part of the RinGs consortium supporting COMDIS partners to address intersectional gender issues within research and interventions https://ringsgenderresearch.org/