Vera Scott trained as a medical doctor and started her career and activist activities in the district health system, leading health service engagements with communities to address child health, and women and reproductive health issues alongside her clinical work. Later she specialised in public health and spent 15 years doing full time research and teaching, with a focus on health equity; resource allocation; access to quality HIV and TB prevention and care; leadership and management; and health policy and systems. More recently Vera fulfilled a long-time desire to be more directly involved in building health activism when she moved to Tekano Health Equity South Africa. Here she led the development of the Atlantic Fellows leadership programme. She remains passionate about growing leaders and leadership in South Africa, challenging unjust structures and actively contributing to health equity.
Her vision is to build PHASA into a vibrant public health community of practice that recognises and is inclusive of all types of health workers at different levels of the health system, and working in community and healthcare settings. She would like to see a more active engagement between researchers, policy makers, practitioners, and civil society specifically in the development of an advocacy strategy that assists PHASA in coordinating the action of its members to promote health equity.
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