Megan is a Public Health Intelligence Adviser for Public Health Scotland, Scotland’s lead national agency for improving and protecting the health and wellbeing of all of Scotland’s people. Megan began her career in youth work and health promotion before completing a PhD in Public Health, combining these skills to focus on research and practice to improve children and young people’s health and wellbeing. In her role with Public Health Scotland she provides data, evidence and intelligence advice to inform policy and practice across Scotland’s public health priority areas. Megan mainly contributes to priority two: A Scotland where we flourish in our early years. Her work here includes supporting the better use of data to plan, prioritise and evaluate child poverty actions at local level. Over the last 2 and a half years, Megan has been part of a team aiming to capture and monitor the wider impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families in Scotland. She led the COVID-19 Early Years Resilience and Impact Survey alongside bringing together routine data, evidence reviews and the findings from other surveys and research projects in a series of papers synthesising the impacts at different ages and stages of development from birth through to young adulthood.
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