Dr Ashra Khanom is a Senior Research Fellow in Health Services Research at Swansea University, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences. She is also a researcher for PRIME Centre Wales, the research centre focusing on primary and emergency care, funded by Health and Care Research Wales to develop and coordinate research proposals and support researchers http://www.primecentre.wales/.
Ashra’s main research interests lie in the area of prevention and early intervention addressing health inequities and unequal access to health care use using linked health data, novel patient and public involvement and engagement, and collaboration with the NHS, third sector organisations and international partners in Morocco and Tunisia. Ashra’s research with asylum seekers and refugees (HEAR study) forms part of the British Medical Association (BMA) Refugee and asylum seeker patient health toolkit2. She has been awarded the Health and Care Research Wales Public Involvement and Engagement Award and Swansea University’s Research and Innovation Early Career Researcher Award.
Outside of work Ashra is a treasurer and trustee of Neath Port Talbot BME Association and works closely with MIND Neath Port Talbot on projects to improve the wellbeing of people living in her community. She contributed to the Welsh Government’s Health and Social Care Committee report 'Connecting the dots: tackling mental health inequalities in Wales' on 19 December 2022