A support platform for migration and health (MILSA 2.0), Sweden
, Elisabeth Mangrio
, Ragnar Westerling
- Oxford University Press
Background: Solid health is a prerequisite for successful inclusion and participation in support systems for recently arrived migrants’ (RAM) i.e. refugees. The society support system may vary depending on the age of RAM but is equally important for an effective start of the establishing process. Understanding health needs of RAM in different phases of establishing is essential as such knowledge is central for the supporting system. Methods: MILSA 2.0 consists of five studies targeting various health aspects. The focus is depicted into an early phase of establishment as well as following the period after the mandatory process. The platform addresses health issues of families with children as well as various health aspects of Arabic speaking adult RAM soon after arrival to Sweden. Also, it focuses on RAM adolescents in relation to risk behavior, social capital and confidence as well as on health issues in adult RAM after the formal establishment process. The platform also illuminates an extended support system of civic and health communication both in time as well as lecturing environment primarily targeting social capital, coherence and self-efficacy. Results: MILSA 2.0 addresses different phases of an establishing process in Sweden. Several health and health related factors are addressed such as self-rated health, social capital, trust, physical activity, sexual and reproductive health and living conditions. The extended civic and health communication addresses increased program hours as well as new program environments such as libraries, museums, and workplaces. Conclusions: These five studies reveals health related knowledge in different aspects of the establishing process as well as it develops several questionnaires and reveals methodological aspects. The platform focuses on both adolescent and adult RAM during and after the mandatory public support system including both the recipients of the support as well as the supporting actors. Key messages: - MILSA 2.0 develops questionnaires and determines health related concerns both during and after the mandatory establishing process. - MILSA 2.0 evaluates the effect of a policy change regarding standard procedures of civic and health communication.
Environmental & Occupational Health