Regione Emilia-Romagna (RER)

Regione Emilia-Romagna (RER)

The Regional Agency for Health and Social Care of Emilia-Romagna Region (RER-ASSR) operates as a technical and regulatory support for the Regional Health Service (SSR) and the Integrated system of interventions and social services. It promotes and addresses research in health services and develops research projects to test methods, technologies, social and organizational innovations, and it participates in the welfare policy change. This change is meant to implement strategies based on a community and intersectional approach.

Indeed, migrants represent 12% of regional resident population (data at 1 January 2016 – source: Regione Emilia-Romagna, Popolazione straniera residente), while raw data referring to asylum seekers show dramatic increase in the last years:  according to a recent  publication of the regional social dept., in 2014 we saw an increase of 56,6 % of asylum claims with respect to the previous year, and the heavily rising trend reconfirm in 2015 with an increase of 87,7% with respect to the 2014 (data at 31st December 2015 –  source: Richiedenti e titolari di protezione internazionale e umanitaria in Emilia-Romagna. Monitoraggio 2016. Regione Emilia-Romagna).

The organization relies on experienced professionals and services devoted to communicate and disseminate regional activities. Both the Emilia-Romagna Region and the Regional Agency are part of national and international networks and can therefore count on large-scale maps of stakeholders. Press and graphic competences are also professional assets of our organization, as well as the experience gained in disseminating both national and international project outcomes. RER will post photos and information on our social media accounts and with regional and national diffusion of any relevant information.

Maria Augusta Nicoli

MD with specialization in Psychiatry and a PhD in Social Psychology. She’s responsible for the Community, equity, participation and social innovation Area in the Regional Agency for Health and Social Care of Emilia-Romagna (RER-ASSR).

Giovanni Ragazzi

Organizational psychologist, researcher and trainer with a PhD in Social Psychology.


Sociologist, she is the coordinator of the regional project “Community Lab”. Vanessa deals with participatory wellfare projects, social research and training in social wellfare and health care organizations.