Jane is Professor of Healthy Communities working in the field of volunteering, active citizenship and community health.
Jane has a national and international reputation for her research on lay health workers and volunteer roles in health. She has a long standing interest in community engagement and is currently on secondment to Public Health England as an expert advisor on community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing. From 2006-2013, Jane was Director of the Centre for Health Promotion Research at our University where she built up an extensive portfolio of research, publications and public engagement activity.
Committed to promoting equity in health, Jane has worked to establish CommUNIty - a community-campus partnership for health initiative to strengthen links between the Institute for Health and Wellbeing and local communities.
Industry Expertise (4)
Writing and Editing
Health and Wellness
Areas of Expertise (7)
- Public Health England : Expert advisor
- University Profile
- CommUNIty Website
- New research to support the growth of community projects that tackle health inequalities – Research News
- New research signals importance of community in mental health, as one in three say lack support or tools to deal with ‘ups and downs of life’ – School of Health News
- Leeds Beckett reports finds “community champions” could help with wider impacts of COVID – Research News
- International Festival of Public Health Speaker Profile
- Blog UK Health Security Agency Author Profile
Event Appearances (1)
Peers in Prison Settings (PiPS) Expert Symposium
Peers in Prison Settings (PiPS) Expert Symposium Institute of Health and Wellbeing, Leeds Metropolitan University
Sustaining and strengthening community resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyondPerspectives in Public Health
2020 The scale of community action in the UK since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has been significant. Community-based organisations, national charities, mutual aid groups and thousands of individual volunteers, including the 750,000 NHS volunteer responders, have stepped forward to support those made more vulnerable by the pandemic.
Community engagement in deprived neighbourhoods during the COVID-19 crisis: perspectives for more resilient and healthier communitiesHealth Promotion International
2021 The current COVID-19 pandemic confines people to their homes, disrupting the fragile social fabric of deprived neighbourhoods and citizen’s participation options. In deprived neighbourhoods, community engagement is central in building community resilience, an important resource for health and a prerequisite for effective health promotion programmes.
An evidence-based framework on community-centred approaches for health: England, UKHealth Promotion International
2017 Community participation is a central concept for health promotion, covering a breadth of approaches, purposes and activities. This paper reports on a national knowledge translation project in England, UK, which resulted in a conceptual framework and typology of community-based approaches, published as national guidance.
A knowledge translation project on community-centred approaches in public healthJournal of Public Health
2018 This article examines the development and impact of a national knowledge translation project aimed at improving access to evidence and learning on community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing. Structural changes in the English health system meant that knowledge on community engagement was becoming lost and a fragmented evidence base was seen to impact negatively on policy and practice.
Putting the public (back) into public health: leadership, evidence and actionJournal of Public Health
2019 There is a strong evidence-based rationale for community capacity building and community empowerment as part of a strategic response to reduce health inequalities. Within the current UK policy context, there are calls for increased public engagement in prevention and local decision-making in order to give people greater control over the conditions that determine health.