Partners

A.     Fundació Hospital Universitari Vall d’ Hebron – Institut de Recerca (VHIR)

VHIR is a public sector institution that promotes and develops innovative biomedical research and was created in 1994 to serve and support the research of University Hospital Vall d’Hebron (HUVH). HUVH, the leading hospital complex in Catalonia, is one of the largest in Spain with more than 1400 beds and a team of around 7,000 professionals. It is structured into three main healthcare areas (General, Mother and Child, and Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation) and encompasses practically all medical and surgical specialities and the necessary forms of healthcare to cover them, including clinical services and clinical support units, university, educational centres, public health service companies, research centres, laboratories and other installations to round out its activities in healthcare. 

VHIR is oriented towards undertaking high quality and competitive research at international level in the field of health and life sciences, more particularly in the areas of basic, clinical, epidemiological, economic and health care services in order to favour the transfer of knowledge allowing a better diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the health problems of our society.

More than 1,300 people work at VHIR, out of which over 1,200 do research and around 100 persons provide support in research and its transfer to the society, whether achieved by projects, technology transfer and innovation, communication or fundraising.

B.     Institut Català de la Salut (ICS-HUVH)

With a staff of over 38,000 professionals, the Catalan Health Institute is the public health service largest in Catalonia and provides health care to nearly six million users across the country. It currently manages eight hospitals (Vall d'Hebron, Bellvitge Trias, Arnau de Vilanova in Lleida, Tarragona Joan XXIII, Josep Trueta in Girona, Verge de la Cinta de Tortosa Viladecans) and 287 primary care teams, three of which through a partnership with the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona and a quarter with another partnership with the city of Castelldefels.

 As a benchmark within the public health system, the objective of the ICS is to contribute to improving the health and quality of life of people through the provision of healthcare services and innovative excellence lenses, covering both the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of diseases, from the most complex to the most prevalent.

 In addition to medical care, ICS developed a scientific activity through the seven research institutes integrated into hospitals and primary care. In the field of teaching, as ICS in their centres 2,300 specialists from 51 different specialties in health sciences. It also includes more than 4,500 undergraduate students in medicine, nursing, dentistry and other teachings. In addition, conducted an intense and continuous training for all professional groups.

 Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, the leading hospital complex in Catalonia is one of the largest in Spain with a total of more than 1400 beds and is a leader centre in biomedical research at a national and European scope. We are working to achieve a direct translation from research to applications. Our research is focused on solving human health problems and on healthcare improvement. At the same time, we resolutely encourage the tasks of valuation and transfer of research results to the industry and biomedical companies. Innovation is the core of our activity, not only understood as processes of innovation, information technologies’ innovation or knowledge in biomedical research transfer, but innovation derived from the incorporation of new technologies and from daily healthcare practice.

C.     Syn Eirmos NGO of Social Solidarity Astiki Etairia (SYN-EIRMOS)

Syn-eirmos NGO of Social Solidarity was founded in 2005 and is active in the fields of social solidarity, social economy, welfare and wellbeing of adults and children.  In particular, the organization aims to support the activities of local communities, local governments, cooperation initiatives, collective social actors and volunteers.  Syn-eirmos encourages the social integration/reintegration as well as the improvement of the quality of life of population groups that are subject to/threatened by social exclusion (unemployed, people with disabilities, mentally ill persons, drug addicted people, migrants- refugees-asylum seekers, Roma, women threatened by exclusion because of their sex) as well as the combat against stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination experienced by people belonging in these social categories or groups.  They work to achieve sustainable development of areas threatened by spatial exclusion and marginalization (mountainous areas, disadvantaged rural areas, degraded urban areas, areas with sensitive eco-systems).  Syn-eirmos promotes health generally and mental health in particular as well as the social care.  Syn-eirmos establishes and operates  psychosocial rehabilitation units and other community mental health/social care units.  They promote culture as a factor that permits to transcend spatial and social discrimination and scientific research and education in the field of social solidarity and economy.  Syn-eirmos establishes terms and conditions for the emergence of social solidarity and social economy as key levers aiming at the removal of social and spatial inequalities and discrimination. They provide of all kinds of assistance (humanitarian, developmental, etc.) and restore of cooperation with developing countries, with the ultimate goal of contributing to economic and social development of these countries, and the provision of services of scientific and technical support and assistance in activities of international solidarity.

The Day Centre “Babel” is a public mental health unit supervised and financed by the Greek Ministry of Health which aims to provide mental health services to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers residing in Athens. It is situated in the centre of Athens and is the unique mental health unit that meets the needs of this population. “Babel” started operating in November 2007. Until now (April 2016) has served more than 3000 people and has gained valuable experience in the care of people with psychosocial problems or mental disorders who come from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. To achieve its objectives "Babel" has set up an inter-disciplinary team, composed of 11 professionals: psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, nurse, health visitor.

D.     Migrantas

Working with public urban spaces as a platform, migrantas uses pictograms to provide visibility to the thoughts and feelings of people who have left their own country and now live in a new one. Mobility, migration and transculturality are not the exception in our world, but are instead becoming the rule. Nevertheless, migrants and their experiences remain often invisible to the majority of our society. Migrantas works with issues of migration, identity and intercultural dialogue. Their work incorporates tools from the visual arts, graphic design and social sciences. The founders of the collective, who have immigrated to Germany, develop their projects with other migrants in workshops. The resulting drawings - the voices of migrants -  are then condensed into pictograms and distributed in public spaces.

Migrantas has been working for over ten years with migrants, especially women, from different countries and social-cultural backgrounds. Their pictograms have been presented in several formats in the public space (posters, banners, postcards, flyers, tote bags, stickers, publications and TV animations) in Germany and in other countries (Spain, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, USA, Mexico, Canada, Morocco, Argentina).

Communication and dissemination is a fundamental pillar of their work, the main goal of migrantas is to reach with their projects as many people as possible through
simple, universally understandable pictograms and create visibility of social matters in the urban space.

Through the appropriation of art + design, understood as a technology of communication Migrantas has been carrying on a work engaging and empowering women from many different places and backgrounds in order to help them, through the use networking tools, to find a voice to share and communicate their concerns within the community.

Moreover, Migrantas has experience with PR and public relations.  They take part in conferences, panel discussions and master classes. Their work has been presented in exhibitions, publications and newspapers.

Migrantas will create the Corporate Identity of the project (logo, flyer layout and PPT design) and support WP3 with the development of a communication strategy. They will take care of the elaboration of dissemination material, translating the insights of the WP8 activities and/or other WPs into pictograms. Moreover, parallel to the official website and social media channels, they post on their social media channels photos and news related to project events.

E.     The Migrants’ Resource Centre (MRC)

MRC is a national charity in the UK supporting refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. It was established in 1984. It supports approximately 4,000 individuals per annum through a wide range of services which include: legal advice, health access/inclusion information and advice, employment and training advice, English language courses, informal education courses, IT courses, health and well-being courses, empowerment & media/policy work. Its aims are to enable migrants to contribute fully to society in the UK by giving them information and advice and helping them to develop their skills and knowledge of UK society. Its users are from Asia, Africa, Indian sub continent, South America and Europe.

The MRC Health Inclusion project, designed to improve access to health services and improved health and well-being specifically assists migrants, refugees and asylum seekers,  also advocates on behalf migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. It runs health and well-being workshops and other information sessions on public health issues such as diabetes, smoking and infectious diseases. It works closely with Black & Minority Ethnic Health Forum and with local Doctor surgeries and clinics. The project activities focus and a group key outcomes:

·        Access (including individual support with GP registration)

·        Patient participation (patient liaison between migrants, refugees asylum seekers, and the national health service).

·        Awareness raising, health information and signposting

·        ESOL for health

·        Wellbeing activities

Services are delivered at MRC offices and at outreach venues such as community centres across London. Additionally, the project actively engages with local health service providers. For example, attending in patient participation group meetings and in mental health forums.

F.      European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH)

The EIWH advocates for an equitable and gender-sensitive approach in health policy, research, treatment and care.  The EIWH aims to reduce inequalities in health, in particular due to sex/gender, age and socio-economic status.  The EIWH highlights that sex/gender is an important determinant of health and our understanding how vulnerability to, onset and progression of specific diseases vary in men and women must be improved.

The EIWH works in various EU funded projects helping to increase awareness of women’s health issues and to promote synergies with other EU programmes active in the field of health.  The EIWH awareness and advocacy activities include events, such as expert conferences and roundtables at the European Parliament, and publications, including policy briefings, on health topics to promote health and wellbeing across the lifespan and reduce health inequities.  The Institute has led communication and dissemination activities for various European projects that promote gender equity in health, including but not limited to the European Commission DG SANTE co-funded project, an Inventory of Good Practices for Promoting Gender Equity in Health (ENGENDER) and the European Gender Medicines Project (EUGenMed).  The Institute is an expert on effectively communicating and disseminating evidence-based information in order to affect true change in policy, programming and practice.

 The EIWH is the WP3 leader.  The EIWH is responsible for the creation of the communication and dissemination deliverables.  The EIWH will generate the communication and dissemination plan, brochure, newsletters, project PPT and other materials with support of all partners in the project.   The EIWH will guide and oversee the communication and dissemination activities, including ensuring regular tracking.

G.    University of Greenwich (UoG)

The University of Greenwich is a major British University which combines various teaching traditions that are complemented with regional links, international links, lifelong learning, and excellence in both teaching and research. It has a particular tradition of teaching mature and part time students, many coming from developing countries. The Faculty of Health and Education, implement teaching, research and consultancy in all themes related to public health issues.

 The Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling combines high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. We deliver undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in psychology, social work, counselling and public health and well-being. We also offer postgraduate options at Master’s level as well as PhD programmes in Health and Social Care and Psychology. In terms of research the Departament covers a range to health topics—from health inequalities to specialise topics such as pain research—from a multidisciplinary perspective. It has been a tradition of the Department to collaborate with our European counterparts either teaching or researching.

 UoG will create reports and materials in need of dissemination.  They will also aid in the generation of dissemination lists for WP3.

H.    Asserta Global Healthcare Solutions

Asserta brings together a team of professionals with years of experience in clinical practice, health management, teaching and research, who are putting their knowledge and expertise at the service of improving processes and results in the healthcare area.  The team also include experts in planning and strategic management, quality management and information and communication technologies. In the past year, they have been involved in several social innovation initiatives at EU level, in particular related to migrants rights. In all technologies are central to their work, and they will bring the knowledge in this field to the consortium. They will be very active also in the definition of the needs, through a sound questionnaire and the analysis of the data obtained, both from migrants themselves, and healthcare personnel.

I.       Fakultní nemocnice u sv. Anny v Brně (FNUSA)

St. Anne ́s University Hospital Brno - International Clinical Research Centre (FNUSA-ICRC) is an emerging centre of excellence in the European Research Area. It is an innovative science and research centre and a top-quality public healthcare centre focusing on prevention, early detection and treatment  primarily of cardiovascular and neurological diseases. ICRC has  almost ten years of successful cooperation between St. Anne ́s University Hospital Brno and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (USA).

FNUSA-ICRC runs a long term health prevention scheme (Cardiovision Brno 2030) that aims to identify the actual health risks of citizens, and to minimize these, by 2030, through prevention programs. In the project’s first phase, mapping risk factors for cardiovascular disease is now underway within a randomly selected population of Brno, the participants’ age ranging from 25 to 64 years, while during the second phase, suitable prevention programs will be proposed based on the results obtained, which are to focus on reducing the occurrence of the risk factors identified. This gives FNUSA-ICRC extensive expertise in prevention of non-communicable diseases, especially cardiovascular.

J.       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 experiment methods, technologies and social and organizational innovations, and it participates in the welfare policy change aimed at implementing strategies based on community and intersectional approach.  The Regional Agency is also deeply involved in international initiatives, research programs and exchange experiences with other health care systems, mainly European but also overseas. Since 2012 the RER-ASSR is also Reference Site in the framework of EIP-AHA, the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing; at present it is focused on integrated care and frailty actions. Anyway, regional focus on frailty should be understood in a wider sense, that encompasses a variety of social categories at risk of exclusion, among them refugees and migrants. 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.

K.     Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

Charité is one of the largest university hospitals in Europe. It’s main objectives are the clinical care, research and teaching. Charité extends over four campuses, and has close to 100 different Departments and Institutes, which make up a total of 17 different Charité Centers. Having marked its 300-year anniversary in 2010, Charite employs 13,100 staff (or 16,800 including its subsidiaries), and is whoIly-owned by the Federal State of Berlin. Ist main revenue is from hospital services, patient fees, the Federal State of Berlin as weIl as external funding (German, European and International). The Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, at CCM and Psychiatric University Clinic of Charité at St. Hedwig Hospital, delivers psychiatric care for the catchment area of the Berlin inner-city district Mitte (approx. 300,000 inhabitants). The department has long-standing expertise in mental health care provision for a culturally diverse community. The Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy has expertise in migration research in relation to health and in the area of transcultural psychiatry. The research unit ‘Cross-cultural Research on Migration and Mental Health Care, Social Psychiatry’ focuses on research on national, international, cross-cultural, social and political dimensions of psychiatric disorders and mental health care. The department is also a founding member of the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM), a joint collaboration of the scientific disciplines of ethnology, sociology, education, sport sciences, psychology and medicine at the Humboldt University Berlin.