Our colleague dr. Jaroslava Kopcakova were in Erasmus+ mobility in Olomouc, Czech republic (at Faculty of Physical culture, Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech republic) from 30th of September to 3rd of October.
During this time she attended work meetings and discussion with some experts (assoc. prof. Dagmar Sigmundova, assoc. prof. Ales Gaba, dr. Peter Badura, prof. Erik Sigmund) in area of supporting active living during adolescence and WHO Global Action Plan for Physical Activity – Linking physical activity and health.
On the 2nd of October 2019 our colleague, Andrej Belak, have been awarded a PhD degree at the University of Groningen during a defence and PhD ceremony held in the University of Groningen’s auditorium. The thesis entitled “The health of segregated Roma: first-line views and practices – A case study in Slovakia using ethnographic methods” was defended in the presence of the College of Deans and the PhD Examining Committee. More information about defence ceremony might be found here.
This thesis assesses the views and practices first of segregated Roma, i.e. Roma living in separated communities, and then of health system professionals in Slovakia regarding the poor health status of segregated Roma in the country. It aims to contribute to the understanding of the health inequalities between segregated Roma and the general populations in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Based on four ethnographic studies, the thesis offers novel insights regarding three kinds of pathways. First, it adds that some CEE segregated Roma develop themselves ethnically framed racialized ideologies against the culture of local “non-Roma” standards of life, including care. Such social norms then shape health-endangering exposures of these Roma within the segregated enclaves in various ways, which vary by the household’s social level. Second, the thesis adds that frequently provided substandard healthcare to segregated Roma can be sustained by a poor understanding of their conditions and practices, and not-aligned organizational features. This can in turn lead to the Roma using healthcare services less effectively and to further exacerbation of specific health problems in this group. Lastly, the thesis adds that both pathways can be driven by an omnipresence of a specific form of racism targeting Roma: antigypsyism. In sum, the thesis suggests that to better understand and tackle inequalities concerning Roma, more focus is needed on the specific exposure pathways that we identified and on the fundamental underlying role of racism. Simultaneously, it shows that use of ethnographic tools within such research can be productive.
Our colleagues Daniela Fiľakovská, Lucia Bosáková and Andrej Belák attended the advisory board of the ROMZAVIP project focusing on health and access to health care services in marginalized Roma. Together with colleagues from Olomouc University Social Health Institute and other invited guests from various organizations focusing on marginalized Roma they discussed preliminary results and future challenges of this project.
Our colleague Peter Kolarcik and other members of the IMPACCT project are at the Jacobs University in Bremen for transnational event, where they are discussing the current status of developing Learning units, possible facilitators and barriers of the project. Meeting with stakeholder and their feedback is also planned.
Our colleagues published in Allergy, the official journal of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology on the topic “Construction of multiple visual analog scale (UAD‐9) for measuring severity of symptoms and quality of life of patients with respiratory allergy”. Want to learn more? Follow the links!
Article might be found here.
Want to learn more about Generation Z as a research challenge? Come to MINERVA on Oct 22nd and learn from our guests!
For the very first time HBSC team was awarded – and this award is for medial event – HBSC press conference. THANK YOU all who contributed to it!
From 3 till 7 September 2019, our colleagues Andrea Madarasova Geckova, Zuzana Dankulincova, Daniela Husarova, Miriama Lackova Rebicova, Jaroslava Mackova, Ivana Skoumalova, Laura Urbanova and Peter Kolarcik met with other prominent researchers in the field of health psychology on the 33rd annual conference of European Health Psychology Society in Dubrovnik, Croatia. They were invited to share their knowledge via one oral presentation and six poster presentations on latest findings from Care4Youth, HBSC and Health literacy studies.
One of our colleagues, dr. Jaroslava Kopcakova presented her poster “Association between cardiorespiratory fitness and selected health-related behaviour among adolescents” on last HEPA Europe conference held in Odense, Denmark (28.-30.8.2019).
Moreover, she participated in the discussion with other experts working on the topics of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity as well as on Transport and Health.
HEPA Europe is a network which works for better health and wellbeing in the WHO European Region through more physical activity for all people. Its mission is to provide a forum for the advancement of health-enhancing physical activity (HEPA) research, policy and practice across the WHO European region.
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One of the keynote lectures of Swiss Public Health Conference “Child and Adolescent Public Health” was presented by our colleague prof. Andrea Madarasova Geckova and devoted to Generation Z and research challenges we are facing when trying to learn more about this digital generation.
Conference took place in Winterhuur in Aug 2019 and expertise of our team was used to deliver that lecture.
Want to learn more about this event? Follow here and for the full presentation here.