Ms Karen Hlaba holds a master’s degree in Global Health from VU University Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and a bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences from Amsterdam University College in The Netherlands. She focused her bachelor studies on anthropology and public health, and completed her bachelor’s thesis on coping and adaptation among first generation immigrant Ghanaian women in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. For her master’s level research, she completed research projects in the knowledge held about cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus in two resource-poor communities in South Africa; and she investigated treatment strategies for maternal mental health in South Sudanese internally displaced persons camps. She has specialized in qualitative research methodologies and working with a diverse range of peoples and cultures.
Karen coordinated workshops that sought the public’s opinion on how best to share electronic health records between different entities, she oversaw the website and social media presence related to the Clinical Informatics Group, and she worked on other qualitative research projects. She previously coordinated patient and public involvement in health research workshops that informed a planned future system of encouraging more patients of a local NHS Trust to be research volunteers. Additionally, she assisted in conducting semi-structured research interviews on a research project that investigated how healthcare workers at a local NHS Trust were adapting to a recently introduced electronic health records management system. She additionally helped to conceptualize and coordinate two youth-focused qualitative health research projects in two local 6th form colleges, and prepared and presented curriculum on both these projects.
Karen left Cambridge Clinical Informatics in 2019.