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Migration, forced migration and health

Research in the field of migration and forced migration focuses on the causes, conditions and consequences as well as on the application-oriented analyses of health policy measures at national, European and global level. From a population health point of view, screening measures and their effectiveness, issues related to the burden of disease, access to care and prevention measures, as well as the “responsiveness" of health systems are of great importance with an international comparative lens.

The AG2 department has a proven expertise in the context of research on forced migration and health. The research includes questions about the burden of disease and care in various areas (e.g. infectious diseases, mental illnesses, chronic physical diseases) and different target groups (e.g. pregnant women, children). In addition, we pursue cross-regional projects in order to increase the validity of existing evidence in many areas. Our research focuses on system-based approaches to improving the health system response to migration-related challenges. Special attention is paid to the evaluation of policy measures with regard to the consequences for the health of migrants and the general population. We examine, for example, the effects of distribution policies on the health and health care of refugees.

In addition, the establishment of surveillance approaches is of great importance in order to monitor health needs and care processes in view of the dynamics of refugee movements. To this end, we cooperate with the Department of General Medicine and Health Services Research at the University Hospital in Heidelberg. In the BMG-funded lighthouse project PRICARE (www.pri.care), we have for the first time established a specially developed electronic documentation system in reception facilities (Refugee Care Manager, RefCare©) that has been standardised in several German federal states. With the help of the integrated surveillance interface, the software enables real-time analysis of important health and care parameters using more than 60 indicators. The spectrum of diseases addressed to date includes infectious disease epidemiology, and paediatric, gynaecological and psychological illness and disease.

Furthermore, this research area builds bridges between academic public health and the population medical practice in the public health service (ÖGD). We are currently expanding existing collaborations with the ÖGD in the form of an academic research network. The aim is to transfer relevant questions from practice to science, to investigate them with the help of the partners involved in the research network, and to transfer them back into practice in the form of concrete results. This measure also contributes to a stronger linkage between academia and ÖGD and thus to a strengthening of public health in Germany.

News from the School of Public Health

News from AG 2

10 February 2020
Wie Wohlstand in Entwicklungsländern zur Krebsfalle wird”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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03 February 2020
New staff in the AG 2: Starting with February, we are glad to welcome Ms. Judith Wenner (MSc) as new staff member in our team.

15 January 2020
New staff in the AG 2: We are glad to welcome Mr. Diogo Costa (PhD) as new staff member in our team.

06 January 2020
New publication on ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations among asylum seekers in Germany published in "BMJ Open":
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29 October 2019
New WHO publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr:
"What is the evidence on availability and integration of refugee and migrant health data in health information systems in the WHO European Region?"
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18 September 2019
New WHO publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and Prof. Razum (AG 3):
Negotiating Access to Health Care for Asylum Seekers in Germany"
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12 August 2019
Niemand flieht aus Aleppo, um sich die Zähne machen zu lassen”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.
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05 August 2019
New paper in cooperation with the University Hospital Heidelberg published in "BMJ Global Health":
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15 July 2019
New paper from the RESPOND project published in "Emerging Themes in Epidemiology":
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05 July 2019
New DFG Research Group on Refugee Migration and Health Inequalities:
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14 June 2019
New publication from the PRICARE project published in the Bundesgesundheitsblatt:
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28 May 2019
AG 2 attends a workshop of the RESPOND project in Heidelberg:
Medical care of asylum seekers in reception centers

27 May 2019
New WHO Compendium with the participation of Prof. Bozorgmehr
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15 April 2019
New staff in the AG 2: Ms. Victoria Saint (MMedSc) and Mr. Amir Mohsenpour (medical doctor) have joined the team.

01 March 2019
Warm welcome:
In March, Prof. Dr. med. Kayvan Bozorgmehr takes over as head of the AG 2 department Population Medicine and Health Services Research


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