Anita Mehay joined the Health Foundation in June 2020 as an Improvement Fellow.

Anita’s work is focused on identifying and generating insights and analysis on a range of Improvement topics to influence policy, practice and public debate. She provides particular expertise on issues relating to health inequalities and marginalised and socially excluded groups.

Anita’s background is in applied health and social care academic research, working at University College London (UCL), and she held several research grants before joining the Health Foundation. Her academic work, all within the theme of inclusion health, includes projects on children and young people’s social care, social models of midwifery care, and prison and probation healthcare. 

Following a BSc Psychology degree at the University of Reading, Anita completed an MSc in Health Psychology at Southampton University, and a PhD in health and healthcare interventions in prison contexts at Royal Holloway, University of London. Anita is also a chartered Health Psychologist (registered with HCPC and BPS). 

See Anita's Google Scholar account.

  • Mehay, A, & Meek, R. (2016). The Development of a Peer-Based Approach for Promoting Prisoner Health in an English Male Young Offender Institution. In The Voluntary Sector in Prisons (pp. 143–170). Palgrave Macmillan US.
  • Mehay, A., Raj, T., Altass, L., Newton, A., O’Moore, E., Railton, C., Tan, H., Story, A., & Frater, A. (2017). An audit of tuberculosis health services in prisons and immigration removal centres. Journal of Public Health (United Kingdom), 39(2).
  • Wiggins, M., Sawtell, M., Wiseman, O., McCourt, C., Eldridge, S., Hunter, R., Bordea, E., Mustard, C., Hanafiah, A., Hatherall, B., Holmes, V., Mehay, A., Robinson, H., Salisbury, C., Sweeney, L., Mondeh, K., & Harden, A. (2020). Group antenatal care (Pregnancy Circles) for diverse and disadvantaged women: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial with integral process and economic evaluations. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1).
  • Mehay, A., Meek, R., & Ogden, J. (2019). “I try and make my cell a positive place”: Tactics for mitigating risks to health and wellbeing in a young offender institution. Health and Place, 57.
  • Lloyd, T., Hounsome, L., Mehay, A., Mee, S., Verne, J., & Cooper, A. (2015). Lifetime risk of being diagnosed with, or dying from, prostate cancer by major ethnic group in England 2008-2010. BMC Medicine, 13(1).

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