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MyHealth team at the European Congres of Public Health in Marseille
21 November, 2019
On 21st November, MyHealth team presented the Workshop “Developing interventions to improve migrants’ healthcare access in Europe” with results from the cross-disciplinary MyHealth project to discuss them and the early lessons with policymakers, academics, funders and practitioners in the area of migration and health.
This project strongly relies on a participatory approach to ensure a beneficiary-centred approach in implementing a number of interconnected objectives. To ensure a meaningful involvement of the community we applied the Metaplan© technique to identify and prioritize health needs and solutions perceived by vulnerable immigrants and also by professionals from diverse backgrounds working with them at the four partnering sites (Barcelona, Berlin, Brno and Athens). The Metaplan© is a qualitative technique that involves first collecting ideas or information on cards, grouping the cards according to shared characteristics, and ultimately, using a voting system to rank individual ideas or groups of ideas. The research team used this methodology to validate the health needs of immigrants identified by the MyHealth needs assessment methodology and prioritize them, and to generate, categorize and prioritize suggested solutions. These results will be used to identify community health strategies most relevant for the cultural and social reality at each of these sites. Further, the effectiveness of these interventions as a dissemination model will be evaluated.