Ms Julia Fortier
Research Degree Student
15-17 Tavistock Place
At the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, I currently conduct participatory action research on arts, health and wellbeing. I have studied cross-sectoral collaboration to implement arts-based health and wellbeing interventions and social prescribing, and I am looking at the experiences, skills and training of arts and health facilitators working with people who have complex needs. I'm also interested how in arts-based interventions can promote resilience and wellbeing in migrant and refugee communities.
My long-time career focus has been working to improve health services for migrant, minority and other culturally diverse populations, specialising in policy development and programme implementation. With WHO and the International Organization for Migration, I was facilitator and rapporteur for two global consultations on migrant health. As the founder and Director of DiversityRx, I led the development of several key policy tools, including the U.S. Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health Care, and an accompanying research agenda for the US Department of Health and Human Services. I've also conducted research on foreigners’ access to health services while living in Japan.
Before my work with DiversityRx, I was a staff member of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health and the Environment, chaired by Rep. Henry A. Waxman. I focused on program oversight and legislative development and negotiation for community health programmes, health professions training, care for people with developmental disorders, and the health of minority and indigenous populations.
Lectures and seminars on programmes and policies related to global migrant health and migrant-friendly health services
Lectures and training on US health policy and health policy advocacy strategies
Supervision of MSc students on arts and health topics
Use of arts in health and wellbeing programs, and arts-based research methods
Dynamics of cross sectoral stakeholder collaboration
Global migrant health policy
Policies and programmes to support racial, ethnic and migrant-friendly health services, including medical interpretation and cultural competence training
Access to health services for foreigners in Japan
Participatory qualitative research methods
Remote qualitative data collection