14 November 2016 - Prior to the 9th edition of the European Public Health Conference organized on 10-12 November 2016 in Vienna, IOM MHD RO Brussels participated and contributed to the pre-conference events “Enhancing evidence-informed decision-making to support resilient and sustainable health systems in Europe” and “Migrant health - Economics, Human rights, and Quality of Care”.
Organized by the Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) at the Austria Center Vienna, the pre-event “Enhancing evidence-informed decision-making to support resilient and sustainable health systems in Europe” aimed at identifying the ways to promote a common framework of evidence-informed health policies and interventions in European public health systems.
The pre-event was addressed to a wide range of stakeholders, including the public health research community, professionals involved in health services, knowledge brokering organizations, policy-makers as well as representative from other organizations and NGOs at national and European level.
Additionally, participants had the opportunity to discuss on how collaboration in specific topic areas can support countries to successfully address key challenges faced by health systems, including policies and care models for specific diseases as well as a session on access to care for migrants and refugees. This last one session was shared by the representative from IOM, WHO EURO, Médecins du Monde, the Centre for Health and Migration as well as the EUR-HUMAN project coordinator.
Furthermore, continuing the long standing and continued cooperation with the Centre for Health and Migration in Vienna, IOM MHD RO Brussels was also invited and contributed to the “Migrant health - Economics, Human rights, and Quality of Care”, a pre-conference workshop jointly organized by the EUPHA Section on Migrant and Ethnic Minority Health and the Center for Health and Migration at the Center for International Development in Vienna.
The workshop was addressed to experts involved in projects and studies related to the economic implications of providing and restricting health care services for vulnerable migrant groups as well as interested experts from public health, health sciences, and policy and practice development. In this way, the event aimed at discussing the findings from such studies, the implications for research and practice and their relevance for policy development.