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Research projects

In cooperation with the Heidelberg University Hospital

  • NEXUS - Natural experiment on contextual effects on health and health care among refugees
  • RESPOND – Improving regional health system responses to the challenges of migration through tailored interventions for asylum-seekers and refugees
  • PRICARE – Health and primary‐care sentinel surveillance in reception‐ and accommodation‐centres for asylum‐seekers in Germany

Selection of current projects

  • Challenges and opportunities of global refugee migration for health care in Germany (part of the ‘research college’ FlüGe as part of the research strategy "Fortschritt NRW")
  • Regional differences in care needs, taking morbidity into account. Spatiotemporal analyses of the need for and use of nursing care (part of the NuV Research Network, focusing on user-oriented health care for people with chronic conditions and long-term care needs).
  • Health and development-promoting potential of urban green spaces and playgrounds for children (part of the Junior Research Group StadtLandschaft & Gesundheit)
  • The implementation of the WHO strategy "Health for all” in the world of work – the contribution of foreign companies through workplace health promotion (BGF) in the Russian Federation
  • Disability weights for chronic mercury intoxication due to mercury exposure in artisanal small-scale gold mining
  • Improvement of Febrile Disease Diagnostics through Capacity-Building in Africa (FEDIA)
  • Community-oriented preventive interventions: Establishing health profiles using validated questionnaires as well as providing and evaluating computer-based counselling based on individual health risks.
  • Secondary analysis of Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) data: disease burden in children, vaccinations, etc.
  • Concepts and Methods of the Burden of Disease Instruments with Applications for Environmental Diseases in Germany

Completed projects

  • Influence of migration on the prevalence of hepatitis B in Germany, and epidemiology of hepatitis care in migrants
  • Epidemiological studies on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections
  • Methodological aspects of capturing social contact structures relevant for the transmission of droplet infections
  • POLYMOD: Improving Public Health Policy in Europe through the modelling and economic evaluation of interventions for the control of infectious diseases
  • Monitoring the health of migrants within Europe: development of indicators for infectious diseases
  • Epidemiology of health care services for intravenous drug users with HIV infection
  • Coordination of a working group to develop mathematical and statistical models and analyses of protective factors for HIV infection among injecting drug users. EMCDDA, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Updated estimates of chronic hepatitis B prevalence in the Netherlands: risk-group analysis approach. LiverDoc, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • The epidemiology of HIV and syphilis infections in intravenous drug users in China
  • Reproductive health rights among women in Palestine
  • Community-oriented primary care (COPC) for Arab women in Cologne
  • Epidemiology of health care services for patients with carpal tunnel syndrome in Bielefeld, Germany
  • Analysis of school entry examinations: Partial performance disorders in children, obesity, vaccination, migrant children, role of kindergarten attendance
  • DFG Scherpunktprogramm Megacities-Megachallenge, Project 1: Informal settlements, economics and environmental change and public health strategies to improve the quality of life in Dhaka
  • DFG Priority Programme Megacities-Megachallenge: Project 2: Satellite-based aerosol mapping over megacities – Development and application in health and climate-related studies
  • Health survey for students in NRW
  • Planning and implementation of international comparative studies on the health of students with a focus on mental health (Student Life Cohort in Europe (SLiCE); Cross national students' health study (CNSHS)).
News from the School of Public Health

News from AG 2

04 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Razum (AG8), Verena Penning (AG8), Amir Mohsenpour und Prof. Bozorgmehr in Das Gesundheitswesen :
Covid-19 in Refugee Shelters: The German Public Health Service Needs Strengthening Now

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01 May 2020
Covid19-Small Area Monitor (Covid19-SAM) launched:
New instrument by AG2 to enable time-sensitive and small-area monitoring of the current Covid19 pandemic.
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03 April 2020
Commentary published in The Lancet Public Health:
COVID and the convergence of three crises in Europe
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02 March 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and Prof. Razum (A8):
Lost in Ambiguity: Facilitating Access or Upholding Barriers to Health Care for Asylum Seekers in Germany?
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02 March 2020
Health Policy and Systems Responses to Forced Migration :
Publication of the new book by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum and colleagues from Heidelberg University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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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:
More (German only)

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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