Throughout her life the founder of Health Screen UK, Dr Mek Mehmet-Yesil, has had a passion for the wellbeing and health of people most disadvantaged in society.
Mek left the education system in 1987 with a desire to improve people’s health she took Heath and Nutarian at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.Once qualified she took a detour in life and raised a family, throughout these years she still maintained her commitment to health and wellbeing.
Once her children left home she gained a degree in Physiology and Anatomy, and now is studying a PHD in clinical psychology. For the last seven years Mek was a volunteer paramedic, followed by a short stint as a volunteer officer working with the Borough Commander (Haringey Police) and now uses those skills as a volunteer at North Middlesex Hospital A & E. During the same period, she took on the role of Secretary for the largest Turkish Speaking charity in the UK, her focus being on improving health for the elderly and disabled within our community.
In 2016, she noted that many people were being diagnosed with life threating conditions and that many of these were from minority ethnic communities. Later that year she teamed up with likeminded people and they formed Health Screen UK. Health Screen UK then took the task of attempting to attract funding to support the screening of people within their own communities and within environments that they felt at ease with. In Feb 2017 the organisation successfully attracted funding from the Lottery Commission and the rest is history.
Biography of Health Screen Founders
Dr Mek Mehmet-Yesil:
has a degree in physiology and anatomy, and now is studying for a PHD in clinical psychology. For seven years Mek was a volunteer paramedic, followed by a short stint as a volunteer officer working with the Borough Commander (Haringey Police) and now uses those skills as a volunteer at North Middlesex Hospital A & E. Mek is also a trustee with the role of Company Secretary of a large charity called TCCA which serves London’s substantive Turkish Speaking communities. As part of this role she leads on all health-oriented projects including heading TCCAs Turkish and Kurdish Haringey CCG funded Expert’s Patients Program. Mek is passionate about healthcare and has a philosophy of "treat others like you want to be treated", she has a firm interest in research and is currently conducting her own research into MS within the Cypriot Community.
Erim Metto JP
is the CEO of the TCCA which is the largest and oldest Turkish Speaking charity in the UK. The organisation boosts 65 employees, 18 projects that have a bias towards supporting elderly with health care needs. In 1996 Erim became the first appointed Turkish-speaking Magistrate in the UK, a position he holds to this date, he is chair of parent governors at an award-winning North London school, and has the accolade of Olympic torch bearer during the 2012 Olympics. During his early career he worked as a senior Equalities Officer for Housing and Social Services then moved onto the charity sector where he served as a consultant for international needs led projects from London to India. As a hobby Erim is a passionate filmmaker who has directed/produced five feature length films, six documentaries, 10 shorts and over 20 show reels. He is keen to demonstrate that untold stores are captured through the medium of film to allow future generations to have the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others.