The RIVER-EU project’s European Public Health Week webinar is open for registration

The RIVER-EU project’s (Reducing Inequalities in Vaccine uptake in the European Region – Engaging Underserved communities) European Public Health Week webinar will explore how to build stronger bridges between communities and health care systems to improve immunization equity. Involving communities with low vaccination rates is particularly important to increase trust, accessibility and acceptability of vaccination services and improve overall coverage rates. The RIVER-EU project (2021-2026) works with eight underserved communities across Europe to understand the facilitators and barriers they experience when accessing vaccination services, particularly for measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.

Speakers in this session will share their experiences establishing relationships with the community and discuss promising approaches to address vaccine equity and accessibility which may be transferable from one setting to another.

This event is for anyone involved in community care, especially for those interested in the health and wellbeing of children and adolescents, and underserved ethnic and religious minority communities.

Date: 17 May 2022
Time: 15.00 – 16.00 CET
Event type: online

You can register on this link: https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1ycVtWLFQJizXiCnOfEXPQ

Moderator: Danielle Jansen, Principal investigator, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), RIVER-EU project coordinator

AGENDA
15.00 Introduction
15.05 Fireside chats highlighting experiences from:

  • The Arab Israeli community in Israel, Dr. Jumanah Essa-hadad, Bar Ilan University (BIU) Israel
  • The Ukrainian migrant community in Poland, Prof. Maria Ganczak, Vice-President, Infectious Disease Control Section, EUPHA; Dept of Infectious Diseases, University of Zielona Gora, Poland
  • The migrant and refugee community in Greece, Mrs. Pania Karnaki, Prolepsis Institute
  • Turkish and Moroccan adolescent females in the Netherlands, Dr. Janine de Zeeuw, University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), the Netherlands
  • The marginalized Roma community in Slovakia, Dr. Daniela Fiľakovská Bobáková, Pavol Jozef Safarik University, Slovakia

15.40 Opening floor for Q&A
15.55 Conclusion
16.00 END

Our new project “Adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems and their families in the system of care” received financial support from the Slovak Research and Development Agency!!!

Our new project “Adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems and their families in the system of care”, received financial support from the Slovak Research and Development Agency!

We are looking forward to the opportunity to continue and, after interviews with providers, to conduct interviews with adolescents and their parents using the DIPEx methodology as a new member of DIPEx international.

DIPEx International is a unique global collaboration of scientists, healthcare professionals and patients who are committed to collect people’s experiences of health, healthcare and disease and bringing this new knowledge to the world through qualitative research.

More information can be found at http://www.dipexinternational.org/

New article as a part of our COST ERNST project published!

Read a new article on the strategies for the psychological support of the healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic which was prepared within the collaboration in an international project COST ERNST The European Researcher´s Network working on Second Victims.

Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic led to the implementation of interventions to provide emotional and psychological support to healthcare workers in many countries. This ecological study aims to describe the strategies implemented in different countries to support healthcare professionals during the outbreak. Data were collected through an online survey about the measures to address the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of healthcare workers. Healthcare professionals, researchers, and academics were invited to respond to the survey. Fifty-six professionals from 35 countries contributed data to this study. Ten countries (28.6%) reported that they did not launch any national interventions. Both developed and developing countries launched similar initiatives. There was no relationship between the existence of any type of initiative in a country with the incidence, lethality, and mortality rates of the country due to COVID-19, and per capita income in 2020. The 24 h hotline for psychological support was the most frequent intervention. Tools for self-rescue by using apps or websites were extensively used, too. Other common interventions were the development of action protocols, availability of regular and updated information, implantation of distance learning systems, early detection of infection programs for professionals, economic reinforcements, hiring of staff reinforcement, and modification of leave and vacation dates.

You can find full text article here: 

IJERPH | Free Full-Text | Strategies for the Psychological Support of the Healthcare Workforce during the COVID-19 Pandemic: The ERNST Study (mdpi.com)

We attended supervisory meeting bridging us with colleagues from University of Groningen and discussed upcoming outcomes of our GenZer project

Today we discussed together outcomes of our Genzer project that we started during COVID-19 pandemics. We moved the GenZer project to the online space and invited experienced experts from IPčko. We spent more than two months online with teenagers and today there are 6 themes in the world, 6 models, 6 views of the world of teenagers, based on interviews with them.

We know much more about how they have to sleep (Michaela Kostičová, Eva Dobiasova), which prevents them and helps them develop in school, what prevents them and helps them feel safe and good at school (Simi Horan, Daniela Husarova Brindova, Lenka Sokolová , Miriam Lare), how they use online space and technology to their advantage, what risks they perceive in online space (Laura Bittó Urbanová, Zuzana Dankulincova Veselska, Silvia Capíková) and also what prevents them and helps them to be physically active (Viktoria Korchinskaya, Jaroslava Kopčáková, Boris Katrušín).

We are looking forward to being able to release these messages out, because they will also surprise and help us a lot to tailor our strategies and interventions in the right direction.

Dissertation by our colleague Ivana Skoumalová successfully defended at the University of Groningen. Congratulations!!!

On the 16th of February 2022 our colleague, Ivana Skoumalová have been awarded a double PhD degree at the University of Groningen during a defence and PhD ceremony held online between the University of Groningen and Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice. The thesis entitled “Health literacy and health-related outcomes in dialysed patients: cues to enhance health equity in patients with chronic health conditions” was defended in the presence of the College of Deans and the PhD Examining Committee. More information about defence ceremony might be found here.

Dissertation by our colleague Jaroslava Macková successfully defended at the University of Groningen. Congratulations!!!

On the 16th of February 2022 our colleague, Jaroslava Macková have been awarded a double PhD degree at the University of Groningen during a defence and PhD ceremony held online between the University of Groningen and Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice. The thesis entitled “Families at risk and the role of the care system” was defended in the presence of the College of Deans and the PhD Examining Committee. More information about defence ceremony might be found here.

We are pleased to announce that the first RIVER-EU newsletter is out! 

Reducing Inequalities in Vaccine uptake in the European Region – Engaging Underserved communities (RIVER-EU) is a 5-year (2021-2026) project funded by the Horizon 2020 Research Programme. Our main goal is to collect evidence on health system determinants of high and low vaccine uptake in eight specific contexts. This evidence will be used to identify and/or develop interventions to reduce barriers to vaccine uptake in underserved communities and increase trust in the health system.

First newsletter is here to introduce you to our RIVER-EU project, describe our target communities and show you our current work.

You can read the newsletter here

Our team met with dr. Agis Tsouros from WHO and introduced our research projects

On Wednesday, February 2 we met with Dr. Agis Tsouros to discuss research involving the CoHeReNt – Community Health Research Network, and opportunities for future collaboration.

Dr. Agis Tsouros is a public health expert and has been with the WHO for years. He is behind many important projects, such as the WHO European Healthy Cities Network and others.

We are pleased to inform you that in Frontiers in Psychology, the Health Psychology Section has opened new Research Topic called Health of Adolescents: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspective

Are you ready to submit or are you close to final?

You are very welcome to submit your manuscript!

More information could be found here:

https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/30747/health-of-adolescents-quantitative-and-qualitative-perspective?fbclid=IwAR2kzRYyaj7MR8ulg0OocDAFZ7fCQaoOTiZHlM3CiKfX8jmryA7ve4bGD3M#overview