Engaging with Romani health across disciplinary boundaries
While Romani groups around the globe have persistently experienced poorer health outcomes than majority populations, there is still a dearth of research exploring the dynamics of this disparity. Even as medical and public health researchers have a growing interest in Romani health and a newfound willingness to address the social determinants of wellness, such as discriminatory practices in health care, these approaches often disregard pervasive historical, social, and economic factors. This is in part because biomedical and social scientists work in isolation from one another with contrastive goals and methodologies. Survey-based studies provide descriptive, statistically representative assessments of illness but are uninformed by existing social science research on particular Romani communities. In contrast, ethnographic studies often focus solely on critical and theoretical perspectives which lack concrete strategies for realistically improving the health status of Roma. Striving to facilitate dialogue between diverse disciplines, this panel examines the boundaries and intersections of Romani health research. We invite sociologists, anthropologists, public health researchers, psychologists, and medical professionals to reflect upon their research goals, methodologies, outcomes, and ethical considerations. Through interdisciplinary engagement, this panel addresses longstanding debates regarding the division between, and value of, applied and theoretical research.
The deadline for receiving abstracts for the panel is 31 March 2017. Papers intended for the open panel will be reviewed by the program committee and the panel organizers."
'The WHO Regional Office for Europe developed the toolkit on social participation to help various stakeholders to promote social participation in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of strategies, programmes and activities to improve population health. This publication is intended for use by policy-makers, project coordinators, professionals and nongovernmental organizations involved in promoting social participation by the general population, including Roma and other social groups (with the understanding that social participation processes must explicitly, but not exclusively, include Roma).
The toolkit comprises a detailed list of methods and techniques for promoting social participation throughout the policy process, providing examples and case studies mainly based on experience with promoting social participation by Roma populations in the WHO European Region.' (Source: WHO/Europe website)
If you are interested in the toolkit and you would like to download itplease, visit the following LINK.
The event was held on 26th and 27th November 2015 in Terme Dolenjske Toplice in Slovenia.
If you are interested in the programme and further information please, visit the following website: http://www.en.broadenhorizons.si/.
HERE you can read the Conclusions of this International Conference.
A PUBLICATION is also available in the website. The publication is a result of feedback of the conference participants.
The Open Society Foundation’s Health Media Initiative (HMI) is pleased to invite you to apply to participate in a special seminar on Changing the Narrative on Roma in the Context of Healthcare, to be held from October 26 to 31 at Schloss Arenberg in Salzburg, Austria. The seminar will be given in English.
The seminar will draw upon recent research undertaken on the attitudes of healthcare professionals towards Roma, as well as on the health rights of Roma in central Europe.
The seminar will also draw upon expertise in the emerging field of Narrative Medicine, which looks at the way in which narratives shape patients’ experience of ill health and of the health care system, and can either encourage or stand in the way of empathy and understanding between clinician and patient. Through participatory exercises, participants will look at ways in which language used and stories told by health care workers shape and influence the way that Roma people are treated within and experience the health care system. Participants will learn about what recent communication research tells us about how to go about changing attitudes. Seminar attendees will also discuss the concept of human rights in patient care, and the responsibility this places on both patients and healthcare providers. As a group, we will begin to plot a way forward towards transforming narratives about Roma in the context of healthcare.
The format of the seminar will include both plenary and interactive workshop sessions.
The official Announcement and the Application Form are available as attachements.
The University of Pécs Medical School in partnership with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and in coordination with the WHO Country Office, Hungary will organize and host a European-level symposium, entitled Healthy Ageing of Roma Communities: Endowers - Realities - Perspectives.
The main objective of the event is to provide a scientific forum for the exchange of experience in promoting the health of Roma populations at community level, in accordance with:
- the new European policy framework for health and well-being (Health 2020) in general and one of its main strategic objectives concerning the reduction of health inequalities in particular; and
- the new strategic goal of the European Commission concerning healthy ageing.
The symposium will be organized in Pecs and between 27 and 29 October 2014.
For further detailed information please download the attachment which contains the scope and purpose of the planned event.
Visibility on further websites:
University of Pécs Medical School, Migrant Health Programs:
World Health Organization: