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29 May 2020
SARS-CoV2 in Collective Refugee Accommodation: Epidemiological and Normativ-legal Aspects:
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour and others as part of the Competence Network Public Health Covid-19 on the current epidemiological and normative-legal aspects of Covid-19 in collective refugee accommodation in Germany, with recommendations for improved housing in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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28 May 2020
Predictors of Asylum Seekers’ Health Care Utilization in the Early Phase of Resettlement:
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and colleagues.
Asylum seekers display high prevalence rates of posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and panic disorder due to pre-, peri-, and post-migration stressors. In contrast to the high mental health burden, health care utilization among asylum seekers in the early phase of resettlement is low. However, the early stages after migration are a particularly vulnerable phase in which psychosocial support measures are needed to prevent mental disorders from becoming chronic.
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04 May 2020
Covid-19 in Refugee Shelters: The German Public Health Service Needs Strengthening Now:
New Publication by Prof. Razum (AG3), Verena Penning (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour and Prof. Bozorgmehr in Das Gesundheitswesen on the current challenges in the housing situation of asylum seekers and refugees in light of the current Covid19 pandemic and the need to strengthen the Public Health Service in Germany.
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01 May 2020

Covid19-Small Area Monitor (Covid19-SAM) launched:
For time-sensitive and small-area monitoring of the dynamics in the current Covid19 pandemic, the AG2 has now launched an accessible daily monitoring system called Covid19-SAM.

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03 April 2020

Commentary published in The Lancet Public Health: COVID and the convergence of three crises in Europe
Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Victoria Saint, Jun.Prof. Alexandra Saint, Prof. David Stuckler and Prof. Alexander Kentikelenis point out in the commentary that the COVID19 pandemic as well as other global challenges are based on a crisis of transnational co-production of public goods.

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11 March 2020
Lost in Ambiguity: Facilitating Access or Upholding Barriers to Health Care for Asylum Seekers in Germany?
Volume 25 of the GESIS series has been published on Refugees in Canada and Germany: From Research to Policies and Practice
Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Prof. Oliver Razum (AG3) provide an overview an in-depth overview of the main barriers asylum seekers experience in trying to access health-care in Germany
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02 March 2020
Publication of the new book "Health Policy and Systems Responses to Forced Migration" by Prof. Bozorgmehr, Prof. Oliver Razum and colleagues from Heidelberg University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:

Forced migration has yet to be sufficiently addressed from the perspective of health policy and systems research, resulting in limited knowledge on systemlevel interventions and policies to improve the health of forced migrants. The contributions within this edited volume seek to rectify this gap in the literature by compiling the existing knowledge on health systems and health policy responses to forced migration with a focus on asylum seekers, refugees, and internally displaced people. It also brings together the work of research communities from the fields of political science, epidemiology, health sciences, economics, psychology, and sociology to push the knowledge frontier of health research in the area of forced migration towards health policy and systems-level interventions, while also framing potential routes for further research in this area.
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10 February 2020
Wie Wohlstand in Entwicklungsländern zur Krebsfalle wird”: News story in "Welt" with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues on economic development and changing disease patterns.
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03 February 2020
With the beginning of February, Judith Wenner (MSc)  has joined as new staff member and will strengthen our scientific team. 

15 January 2020
In January, the department welcomes new academic staff: Mr. Diogo Costa (PhD) has joined the team and will enrich our department with his prior experience in Portugal, Angola and Lithuania.

06 January 2020
New publication on ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations among asylum seekers in Germany published in "BMJ Open":
"Effects of introducing a walk-in clinic on ambulatory care sensitive hospitalisations among asylum seekers in Germany: a single-centre pre-post intervention study using medical records"
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29 October 2019
What is the evidence on availability and integration of refugee and migrant health data in health information systems in the WHO European Region?":
The World Health Organization (Regional Office for Europe) has published a report on availability and integration of refugee and migrant health data in health information systems in theWHO European Region. The findings are meant to support the 53 member states of the WHO European Region in improving the data situation through international coordination processes and national action.
The study, commissioned by WHO, was conducted under the direction of Professor Kayvan Bozorgmehr.
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18 September 2019
Negotiating access to health care for asylum seekers in Germany":
The World Health Organization (Regional Office for Europe) recently published a book on "Health Diplomacy: spotlight on refugees and migrants". The publication examines the situation of refugees and migrants from the perspective of health diplomacy. Acknowledging the intrinsic linkages between these issues, this perspective regards health as a political process analogous to other policy spheres (e.g. foreign policy) that requires diplomacy or reconciliation, as well as the negotiation of different points of view and interests.

In their chapter, Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Prof. Oliver Razum (AG3) examine the introduction of the electronic health card for asylum seekers in Germany from this perspective.
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12 August 2019
Niemand flieht aus Aleppo, um sich die Zähne machen zu lassen”: News story in German newspaper "Frankfurter Allgemeine" with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Prof. Oliver Razum (AG 3) and Steffen Kratochwill of Heidelberg University Hospital.
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05 August 2019
New publication in cooperation with Heidelberg University Hospital published in "BMJ Global Health":
"The impact of patient-held health records on continuity of care among asylum seekers in reception centres: a cluster-randomised stepped wedge trial in Germany."
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15 July 2019
New publication from the RESPOND project published in "Emerging Themes in Epidemiology":
"Health monitoring among asylum seekers and refugees: a state-wide, cross-sectional, population-based study in Germany"
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05 July 2019
New DFG Research Group on Refugee Migration and Health Inequality":
The German Research Foundation (DFG) is funding a research group at the University of Bielefeld, with around three million euros to investigate health inequalities using the example of the health of refugees. Their findings are intended to help improve the health system for other disadvantaged groups as well. The group’s spokesperson is Professor Dr. Oliver Razum (AG 3) and Professor Dr. Kayvan Bozorgmore (AG 2) will be the deputy spokesperson, both of whom come from the School of Public Health.
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14 June 2019
New publication from the PRICARE project published in the Bundesgesundheitsblatt:
"Health and primary care surveillance among asylum seekers in reception centres in Germany: concept, development, and implementation".
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28 May 2019
Today, the AG 2 participates in a workshop on the topic "Medical care of asylum seekers in reception centers". Together with various persons in charge and participants from six federal states, the goal is to exchange views on different care models, discuss them and identify “best practices”. The workshop is part of the RESPOND project.

27 May 2019
With the participation of Prof. Bozorgmehr, the WHO Compendium "Health system response to large-scale migration in the WHO European Region" will be published today at a launch event in Heidelberg.
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15 April 2019
In April, the department welcomes two new academic staff:
Mrs. Victoria Saint (MMedSc) and Mr. Amir Mohsenpour (medical doctor) strengthen the team and support Prof. Bozorgmehr in the further development of AG 2.

01 March 2019
On 1 March 2019, Prof. Dr. med. Kayvan Bozorgmehr takes over as head of the AG 2 department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research in the School of Public Health. A warm welcome!

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16 September 2020
New publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and colleagues published in: Migration in West and North Africa and across the Mediterranean: trends, risks, development and governance
Health information management in the context of forced migration in Europe"

31 August 2020
News story in POLITICO with contributions by Prof. Bozorgmehr:
Germany eyes global health ambitions as US steps back"

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15 June 2020
So leicht hat es das Virus in Flüchtlingsheimen”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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12 June 2020
Plötzlich ein Corona-Hotspot”:
News story with contributions by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.

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29 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr, Prof. Razum (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour and others as part of the Competence Network Public Health Covid-19:
SARS-CoV2 in collective refugee accommodation: Epidemiological and normativ-legal aspects
More

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28 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr and other colleagues in Frontiers in Psychiatry:
Predictors of Asylum Seekers’ Health Care Utilization in the Early Phase of Resettlement
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04 May 2020
New Publication by Prof. Razum (AG3), Verena Penning (AG3), 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.

More
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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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