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News from AG 2

28 May 2024
New publication co-authored by Nora Gottlieb and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published by in the Lancet – Regional Health Europe: “Narrative change for inclusionary health and migration policies”.
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15 May 2024
New policy brief co-authored by Victoria Saint published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies: “The socioeconomic drivers and impacts of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Implications for policy and research”.
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05 April 2024
New Publication co-authored by Reinhard Bornemann published in MMW - Fortschritte der Medizin: “Quality of live of palliative outpatient care in Westphalia-Lippe focusing on contentedness of patients and their relatives - a multicenter cohort study”.
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28 May 2024
New publication co-authored by Nora Gottlieb and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published by in the Lancet – Regional Health Europe: “Narrative change for inclusionary health and migration policies”.
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15 May 2024
New policy brief co-authored by Victoria Saint published by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies: “The socioeconomic drivers and impacts of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR): Implications for policy and research”.
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05 April 2024
New Publication co-authored by Reinhard Bornemann published in MMW - Fortschritte der Medizin: “Quality of live of palliative outpatient care in Westphalia-Lippe focusing on contentedness of patients and their relatives - a multicenter cohort study”.
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01 April 2024
New publication co-authored by Stella Erdmann, Sven Rohleder and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the BMC Medical Research Methodology: “Overcoming denominator problems in refugee settings with fragmented electronic records for health and immigration data: a prediction-based approach”.
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23 February 2024
New publication by Sandra Ziegler and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in PLOS Global Public Health: “'I don´t put people into boxes, but…' A free-listing exercise exploring social categorisation of asylum seekers by professionals in two German reception centres”.
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13 February 2024
New publication co-authored by Reinhard Bornemann published in the DMW: "Diagnostic stewardship in outpatient and hospital medicine with focus on microbiological urinary and bloodstream diagnostics".
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09 February 2024
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the European Journal of Public Health: "Barriers and drivers to COVID-19 vaccination among the migrant and non-migrant population in Germany, 2021".
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08 February 2024
New publication by Eilin Rast, Maren Hintermeier, Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Louise Biddle published in the SSM - Qualitative Research in Health: "Housing and health: A multidimensional, qualitative analysis of the experiences of asylum seekers and refugees living in German reception centres".
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29 January 2024
New publication co-authored by Diogo Costa and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the BMC Public Health: ”Intimate partner violence during COVID-19: systematic review and meta-analysis according to methodological choices”.
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25 January 2024
New publication by Louise Biddle and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in SSM - Population Health: “Effect of area-level socioeconomic deprivation on mental and physical health: A longitudinal natural experiment among refugees in Germany”
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17 January 2024
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Maren Hintermeier, Louise Biddle and Nora Gottlieb published in the Journal of Health Monitoring: “Utilisation of dental services by refugees in Germany: Results of the population-based RESPOND survey”.
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27 December 2023
New publication by Amir Mohsenpour, Louise Biddle and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the Plos Global Public Health Journal: „Exploring contextual effects of post-migration housing environment on mental health of asylum seekers and refugees: A cross-sectional, population-based, multi-level analysis in a German federal state”.
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23 November 2023
ERC Consolidator Grant for Prof. Dr. Bozorgmehr - European Research Council funds research over 5 years to the sum of 2 million euros.
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27 October 2023
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in The Lancet Regional Health Europe: “Integration of migrant and refugee data in health information systems in Europe: advancing evidence, policy and practice”.
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6 October 2023
Letter co-authored by Victoria Saint and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in The Lancet calling for sustained funding for global health research in Germany: “Funding for global health research in Germany“.
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29 September 2023
New publication co-authored by Nora Gottlieb published in the International Journal for Equity in Health: “Racism against racialized migrants in healthcare in Europe: a scoping review”.
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21 September 2023
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the Journal Bundesgesundheitsblatt - Gesundheitsforschung – Gesundheitsschutz: “Racism and discrimination in the context of health inequalities-a narrative review”.
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18 September 2023
New publication co-authored by Louise Biddle, Maren Hintermeier and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the Journal eClinicalMedicine: “Context, health and migration: a systematic review of natural experiments”.
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29 August 2023
Book chapter by Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Andreas Gold published:
Bozorgmehr K, Gold AW. Access to Continuity and Coordination of Healthcare for Refugees: Emerging Challenges and Topics for Health Services Research. In: Wensing M, Ullrich C, editors. Foundations of Health Services Research. Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland AG; 2023. p. 271-85.
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20 Juli 2023
Final report of the Stop Covid project in cooperation with the RKI published.
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07 July 2023
New publication co-authored by Rosa Jahn, Andreas Gold and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in Bundesgesundheitsblatt: “Early crisis response to the COVID-19 pandemic in collective accommodation facilities for refugees”.
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14 June 2023
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the journal Public Health: “Meeting the long-term health needs of Ukrainian refugees”.
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23 May 2023
New publication co-authored by Nora Gottlieb published in the International Journal for Equity in Health: “Associations between physical and mental health and the utilization of ambulatory and emergency healthcare among asylum-seekers: results from a cross-sectional survey in Berlin, Germany”.
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12 May 2023
New publication co-authored by Reinhard Bornemann published in Clinical Microbilogy and Infection (CMI): “Virus variant specific clinical performance of a SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen test with focus on omicron VOC”.
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19 April 2023
Congratulations to Dr Louise Biddle who received the Dissertation Award of the University Society of Bielefeld University for her dissertation "Analysing health systems responses to forced migration through the complementary lenses of resilience and responsiveness".
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21 March 2023
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the Journal of Health Monitoring: “Empfehlungen zu Erhebung und Analyse migrationsbezogener Determinanten in der Public-Health-Forschung“.
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13 March 2023
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr in International Journal of Public Health published: “Between care and coercion: Asylum seekers' experiences with COVID-19 containment and mitigation measures in German reception centres”.
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10 March 2023
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr in BMJ Global Health published: “Local political climate and spill-over effects on refugee and migrant health: a conceptual framework and call to advance the evidence”.
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09 March 2023
New publication co-authored by Reinhard Bornemann in the RKI Journal Epidemiologisches Bulletin: “Netzwerkgründung Antibiotic Stewardship in Westfalen-Lippe”.
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08 March 2023
New Guest essay by Julia Dötzer with supervision of Victoria Saint in Geneva Health Fieles: ”Civil Society in Pandemic Accord Negotiations – Lessons from The Framework Convention On Tobacco Control”.
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01 March 2023
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Maren Hintermeier as part of the PH-LENS Working Paper Series published: “Health System Resilience, Othering & Context: Synthesis report of an interdisciplinary workshop“.
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15 February 2023
New publication co-authored by Louise Biddle and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in Nomos: "Der subjektive Sozialstatus im Asylkontext: Eine explorative qualitative Studie mit geflüchteten Menschen".
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01 February 2023
New publication by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in Das Gesundheitswesen: “Situation marginalisierter Menschen während der Pandemie am Beispiel Migration und Flucht: ein Sachverständigenbeitrag zur Enquete Kommission ‚Krisenfeste Gesellschaft‘“.
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31 January 2023
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in PlosMedicine: “Mandatory, voluntary, repetitive, or one-off post-migration follow-up for tuberculosis prevention and control: A systematic review”.
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02 December 2022
Congratulations to Bianka Detering (Master-level) and Louise Biddle (PhD-level) for being awarded for best thesis in the scope of the Techniker Krankenkassen-Prize!

Bianka Detering: "A qualitative study exploring stakeholder perspectives on the 2020 global health strategy of the German Federal government”

Louise Biddle: “Analysing health system responses to forced migration in Germany through the complementary lenses of resilience and responsiveness”.

21 November 2022
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in Bundesgesundheitsblatt – Gesundheitsforschung – Gesundheitsschutz: “A guideline on discrimination-sensitive language in research on migration and health”.
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09 November 2022
Meeting for the foundation of the Antibiotic Stewardship-(ABS-)network Westphalia-Lippe in Bochum. Based on already existing ABS initiatives in Westphalia-Lippe (e.g. the Bielefeld-based project AnTiB with the participation of the School of Public Health), the event aims at networking of existing initiatives and planning of mutual interventions. Interested guests from all health disciplines and health care sectors, scientific fields, professional associations and medical self-governments are invited. 
More information can be found here and here.

14 October 2022
Expert contribution by Prof. Dr. Kayvan Bozorgmehr to the Enquete Commission "Crisis-proof Society" of the State Parliament of Baden-Württemberg with the topic: "Situation of marginalised people during the pandemic using the example of migration and flight".
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28 September 2022
New publication co-authored by Louise Biddle and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in PLOS Global Public Health: „Inequalities in health system responsiveness among asylum seekers and refugees: A population-based, cross-sectional study in Germany”.
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01 September 2022
New publication by Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Louise Biddle and Nora Gottlieb published in the September issue of the research institute of AOK (WIdO): "Gesundheitssystem zwischen Krise und Integration: Lehren aus 30 Jahren Fluchtmigration" (German only).
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07 July 2022
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: “Trends and Changes in Socio-Economic Inequality in Self-Rated Health among Migrants and Non-Migrants: Repeated Cross-Sectional Analysis of National Survey Data in Germany, 1995-2017”.
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30 June 2022
New publication co-authored by Maren Hintermeier, Andreas Gold, Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Louise Biddle published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: “From Research into Practice: Converting Epidemiological Data into Relevant Information for Planning of Regional Health Services for Refugees in Germany”.
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24 June 2022
New publication co-authored by Louise Biddle and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in PLoS ONE: “The patient journey of newly arrived asylum seekers and responsiveness of care: A qualitative study in Germany”.
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13 June 2022
New publication by Sven Rohleder, Diogo Costa and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in Lancet eClinicalMedicine: “Area-level socioeconomic deprivation, non-national residency, and Covid-19 incidence: a longitudinal spatiotemporal analysis in Germany”.
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28 May 2022
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: “Health Status and Access to Healthcare for Uninsured Migrants in Germany: A Qualitative Study on the Involvement of Public Authorities in Nine Cities”.
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24 May 2022
New commentary coauthored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the International Journal of Health Policy and Management: ”Resilience of Health Systems: Understanding Uncertainty Uses, Intersecting Crises and Cross-level Interactions”.
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12 May 2022
New commentary coauthored by Louise Biddle and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in Globalization and Health: “Comparable worth of life for all? Conducting and disseminating health economic evaluations for refugees in Germany”.
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06 May 2022
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in The Lancet Regional Health Europe in collaboration with the Lancet Migration European Hub and the WHO: “Meeting the health needs of displaced people fleeing Ukraine: Drawing on existing technical guidance and evidence".
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01 April 2022
The project "Digital-Global-Healthy" of the university group Bielefeld Global Health Initiative (BiGHI) (project representatives: Hannah Eger, Julia Dötzer and Bianka Detering) was awarded the DigitalChangeMaker Fellowship this year. With the fellowship, the Foundation Association and the Reinhard Frank Foundation support projects that want to shape and advance digital teaching at universities. As part of the "Digital-Global-Healthy" project, an interactive and participatory workshop will be held on the topic of global Covid-19 vaccine distribution, which will be examined from different perspectives together with international speakers. In addition, an international, interdisciplinary network will be established for a sustainable exchange between the participants. More information on the fellowship programme can be found here.
Updates on the upcoming workshop can be found on the BiGHI Instagram account (bielefeld_ghi) or on Twitter (@bielefeld_ghi).

24 January 2022
New publication by Niklas Nutsch, Amir Mohsenpour and Kamil Wrona et al. reporting on the current evidence regarding socioeconomic factors associated with suicidal behaviors in South Korea.
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24 January 2022
New publication co-authored by Louise Biddle, Nora Gottlieb and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in the International Journal for Equity in Health: “Inequalities in access to healthcare by local policy model among newly arrived refugees: evidence from population-based studies in two German states”.
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21 January 2022
Online seminar by Diogo Costa at the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP): “Health and healthcare needs of asylum seekers and refugees: results from a population-based study conducted in a German federal state”.
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15 December 2021
New publication by Amir Mohsenpour et al. outlining the variety of Public Health actors in Germany is now online. An infographic, an interactive overview and datasets of the actors can be found here.
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04 December 2021
Prof. Bozorgmehr and Rosa Jahn call for binding principles in The Lancet to ensure better access to COVID-19 vaccines in low- and middle-income countries.
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16 November 2021
New publication by Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Sven Rohleder, Stella Duwendag, Amir Mohsenpour, Andreas Gold, Sukhvir Kaur, Niklas Nutsch, and Diogo Costa: "Covid-19 pandemic policy monitor (COV-PPM) - Data tracking non-pharmaceutical interventions at the European level"
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08 November 2021
New publication co-authored by Andreas Gold, Louise Biddle and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published: "The electronic health insurance card for asylum seekers: Summary of the scientific evidence”
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12 October 2021
New publication by Diogo Costa, Louise Biddle and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published: "Association between psychosocial functioning, health status and healthcare access of asylum seekers and refugee children: a population-based cross-sectional study in a German federal state"
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02 August 2021
New publication co-authored by Andreas Gold, Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Louise Biddle published: "Health Care for Refugees - A Survey among Social Workers in Baden-Wuerttemberg”
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01 August 2021
New project of the German Alliance for Global Health Research (GLOHRA) with the participation of the Heidelberg Institute of Global Health (HIGH), the Global Health Alliance Deutschland (GHA-D) and the Department of Population Medicine and Health Services Research (AG2) of the School of Public Health at Bielefeld University with the aim of developing a platform for training in the field of global health.
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23 July 2021
New publication by Amir Mohsenpour, Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Sven Rohleder und Diogo Costa published in Lancet - EclinicalMedicine: "SARS-CoV-2 among migrants and forcibly displaced populations: a rapid systematic review"
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25 June 2021
New textbook co-authored by Amir Mohsenpour published: Global Health in the German Public Health Services System.
Under the leadership of the Academy for Public Health Services and funded by the Federal Ministry of Health, different experts from academia and practice are writing course books on important topics for the Public Health Services System in Germany. In this edition, intersections between global and public health are discussed and interesting career pathways presented.
More about the textbook project here.
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16 June 2021
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Sven Rohleder published in Journal of Migration and Health: "SARS-CoV-2 among migrants and forcibly displaced populations: a rapid systematic review"
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25 May 2021
New publication co-authored by Diogo Costa published in BMC Public Health: "Examining the relation between the subjective and objective social status with health reported needs and health-seeking behaviour in Dande, Angola"
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21 May 2021
New publication by Sven Rohleder and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in Spatial and Spatio-temporal Epidemiology: "Monitoring the spatiotemporal epidemiology of Covid-19 incidence and mortality: A small-area analysis in Germany"
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29 April 2021
New publication by Sven Rohleder, Christian Stock and Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in Eurosurveillance: "Socioeconomic deprivation is inversely associated with measles incidence: a longitudinal small-area analysis, Germany, 2001 to 2017"
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17 April 2021
New publication by Nora Gottlieb published in Internation Journal of Health Policy and Management: "The Electronic Health Insurance Card for AsylumSeekers in Berlin: Effects on the Local Health System"
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19 March 2021
New call in The Lancet for free licensing of COVID-19 vaccines published by Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Rosa Jahn, David Stuckler and Martin McKee: "Free licensing of vaccines to end the COVID-19 crisis"
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10 February 2021
Study in cooperation with the University Hospital Heidelberg published in the Bundesgesundheitsblatt: "COVID-19 in Sammelunterkünften für Geflüchtete: Analyse von Pandemiemaßnahmen und prioritäre Bedarfe aus behördlicher Sicht"
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05 February 2021
Radio report in MDR aktuell by Prof. Bozorgmore: "Effects of individual lockdown measures unclear" (German only).
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02 February 2021
New publication co-authored by Victoria Saint published in Globalization and Health: "Specific  considerations for research on the effectiveness of multisectoral  collaboration: methods and lessons from 12 country case studies"
The authors describe and reflect on one method for strengthening research on multisectoral collaboration of complex health challenges. The method was used for the production of a BMJ special series in 2018 on case studies documenting success stories and lessons learned for multisectoral action on women's, children's and adolescent health.
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02 February 2021
New RRRUn Policy Brief by Amir Mohsenpour, Prof. Bozorgmehr, Sven Rohleder, Jan Stratil (LMU München) and Dr. Costa: „SARS-CoV-2 Infektionen und Kontrollstrategien bei Menschen, die von Wohnungslosigkeit betroffen sind"
The Rapid Review Response Unit (RRRUn) of the Population Medicine and Health Services Research Unit aims to conduct rapid systematic reviews of the available qualitative and quantitative evidence on current topics of societal and political interest and to provide timely knowledge for decision-makers in politics and society.
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15 January 2021
New pre-print by Amir Mohsenpour Prof. Bozorgmehr, Sven Rohleder und Dr. Costa in medRxiv: „SARS-Cov-2 prevalence, transmission, health-related outcomes and control strategies in homeless shelters: systematic review and meta-analysis"
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02 January 2021
New publication co-authored by Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in Lancet: "Germany's new global health strategy: leaving migrants behind"
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31 December 2020
New publication by Amir Mohsenpour and Prof. Bozorgmehr published in SSM - Population Health: "Measuring deterioration of small-area housing environment: Construction of a multi-dimensional assessment index and validation in shared refugee accommodation"
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15 December 2020
Rapid Review of the Competence Network Public Health Covid19 led by AG2 published:
"SARS-CoV-2 among migrants and forcibly displaced populations: a rapid systematic review"
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20 November 2020
New publication by Dr. Nora Gottlieb and Prof. Dr. Kayvan Bozorgmehr published in SSM Population Health: "Economic arguments in migrant health policymaking: proposing a research agenda". Dr. Gottlieb and Prof. Bozorgmehr, in cooperation with researchers from Stockholm, Vienna, Copenhagen and Heidelberg, are defining a research agenda on economic aspects of migrant health.
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5 October 2020
Brief article by Prof. Bozorgmehr published in The Lancet: "Power of and power over COVID-19 response guidelines"
In a short article in the renowned journal The Lancet, Prof. Bozorgmehr criticises influence on the content and delays in the publication of the Robert Koch Institute's recommendations on how to deal with SARS-CoV-2 in reception centres for refugees. In order to preserve the integrity of the RKI, it is necessary to protect scientific recommendations from political influence as well as from industrial and commercial interests.
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29 May 2020
SARS-CoV-2 in reception facilities and shared accommodation for refugees: Epidemiological and normative-legal aspects (German only): New publication by Prof. Bozorgmehr with Prof. Razum (WG3), Amir Mohsenpour and others in the framework of the Competence Network Public Health Covid-19 on epidemiological and normative-legal aspects of collective housing for refugees in view of the current Covid-19 pandemic, and corresponding recommendations for improving health protection.
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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 in Frontiers in Psychiatry on identifying predictors of asylum seekers' health care use in the early stages of resettlement.
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04 May 2020
Covid-19 in refugee shelters: Further strengthen the ÖGD now: New publication by Prof. Razum (AG3), Verena Penning (AG3), Amir Mohsenpour and Prof. Bozorgmehr in Das Gesundheitswesen on current challenges in refugee shelters in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to strengthen the Public Health Service.
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01 May 2020
Kick-off of the Covid-19 Small Area Monitor (Covid-19-SAM) developed by Sven Rohleder, Markus Qreini and Kayvan Bozorgmehr. For time-critical and small-scale monitoring of the dynamics in the current Covid19 pandemic, AG2 offers the new Covid19-SAM, an accessible, visually processed and day-accurate monitoring system. More information
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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 show in the commentary that the COVID19 pandemic, as well as other global challenges, is 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 publication series has been published and highlights different questions on Refugees in Canada and Germany: From Research to Policies and Practice.
In Chapter 8, Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Prof. Oliver Razum (WG3) provide an overview of current barriers that asylum seekers encounter in health care.
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02 March 2020
At the beginning of March, the new book "Health Policy and Systems Responses to Forced Migration" by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Prof. Oliver Razum and colleagues from the University of Heidelberg and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine was published:
Forced Migration has not been sufficiently researched from a health systems and policy research perspective. This leads to limited knowledge about system-level interventions and policies to improve the health of refugees. The contributions in this anthology aim to fill the aforementioned gap by compiling the state of knowledge on health systems and health policies related to asylum seekers, refugees and internally displaced persons. In addition, the book brings together the findings of scholars from different disciplines such as political science, epidemiology, health sciences, economics, psychology and sociology in the field of refugee migration and points out the need for further research. The book thus serves students, as well as actors from science, politics and practice, as an up-to-date and comprehensive source for the discussion of refugee migration and health systems.
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10 Februrary 2020
How prosperity in developing countries becomes a cancer trap: Article in the Welt of 09.02.2020 with contribution by Prof. Kayvan Bozorgmehr and colleagues.
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03 February 2020
In February, Judith Wenner (MSc) has joined the team and will enrich our department.

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 the WHO 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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