Challenges for BAME Communities in Accessing Health Services

Date: 30 January 2020
Venue: 1H039, Glenside campus
Venue Location:
Time: 16:00-18:30

Challenges for BAME Communities speakers

A panel discussion exploring the challenges for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in accessing health services.


  • Dr. Habib Naqvi (Chair) Policy Lead for NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard
  • Monira Chowdhury (Community Access Support Services Manager, Healthy Living Consortium Bristol)
  • Meera Sen Burgess (Health Promotion Specialist BAME Communities, Terrence Higgins Trust)
  • Taylor Omoshebi (UWE Bristol Midwifery Student)


  • 16:00-17:00 - Refreshments and Professional Networking (The Hub CafĂ©)
  • 17:00-18:30 - Panel Discussion (1H039)

There will be an opportunity for Q&As from the audience at the end of the discussion, please do come prepared with your questions.


Please register to attend the event.


Habib Naqvi

Dr Habib Naqvi has a background in equality and diversity policy, public health, and health psychology. Habib is the Policy Lead for the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard and is leading on the inclusion of the WRES within national policy levers. Before joining NHS England in 2013, Habib worked on the development of national equality and diversity policy at the Department of Health, where he led on the development of the Equality Delivery System for the NHS and took the lead for coordinating the health sector's response to the Ministerial review of the Equality Duty. Habib has experience in academia and research, including holding a strong portfolio of healthcare research. He currently reverse mentors NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens.

Monira Chowdhury

Monira has over the last five years managed the Community Access Support Service (CASS) which works with community, equalities and faith groups to improve access to mental health and wellbeing support in Bristol; she is also the current chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Bristol Patient and Public Involvement Forum. Monira has worked in race equality and equalities for decades including developing the Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality and currently facilitates the recently established Bristol Black Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) Mental Health Network.

Meera Sen Burgess

Meera works in sexual health for BAME communities, and is based at the central sexual health clinic in Bristol. She runs a programme called Champions of Change, which offers training for organisations working with and for BAME communities, and also runs community engagement courses for anyone who identifies as BAME to become a community advocate around HIV and sexual health.

Taylor Omoshebi

Taylor has been studying Midwifery at UWE Bristol for the past 3 years. During her degree, she has had opportunities to work within diverse communities as a community student midwife, which inspired her service improvement work around improving access to care for black women in maternity services. To conclude her studies, she researched and wrote a dissertation entitled 'Why are Black Women More at Risk of Adverse Outcomes in Pregnancy and Childbirth within the UK'. She now plans to complete a master's degree in Public Health to research the disparity further, and to continue her work promoting equality in the healthcare sector.

About Equity

Equity is an innovative, positive-action talent programme for UWE's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students, developed in response to national labour market statistics that reveal disparities in the performance and experience of BAME students. We welcome you to attend our professional networking and speaker events where we host inspirational speakers who represent the best of Britain's BAME talent. These events are a great opportunity to network with diverse students and professionals from across the city. Events are open to professionals of all ethnicities and from all disciplines.

Media queries

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If you are planning to attend this event and have any access requirements or would like details on venue accessibility, please email the Equity Team at or ring us on the number below. UWE Bristol aims to ensure, as much as possible, that all our public events are fully accessible. Early notice of access requirements is much appreciated.

Cost: Free
Contact: Noor Nixon
Telephone: +44(0)117 3284634

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