Migration and Health Webinar One: True stories – effective advocacy for health and migration

WHO/Mohamed Keita

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8 August 2017, 12:30–14:00 CEST (online streaming)

The Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration begins its anticipated webinar series with a migrant and refugee advocacy panel.

On 8 August 2017, WHO/Europe will host the first in a series of webinars dedicated to addressing the timely and relevant topic of refugee and migrant health and well-being. The first webinar, entitled “True stories: effective advocacy for health and migration”, will focus on the importance of responsible, meaningful and compelling communications efforts to evoke positive change for migrants, refugees and host communities.

The webinar will comprise a live discussion with leading experts in the diverse fields of arts, anthropology and education, all related to the migration and health context, and will be live broadcast through online streaming. The webinar is open to anyone interested internationally. Online audiences will be welcome to submit questions for a live question-and-answer session with the expert panel.

The webinar seeks to embolden audiences to take an active approach to advance the way current culture addresses and discusses the migration situation, and improve the dynamic references to ensure minimal sensationalism, while maintaining accurate and compelling portrayals. Strong, positive political and societal will and commitment are fundamental to promoting refugee- and migrant-sensitive health policies, programmes and interventions that enable successful integration into host communities. The “True stories” webinar will offer insight into the way a narrative can directly affect public opinion and government policy.

About the webinar

Date: Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Times: Live audience: 12:00–14:00 CEST; online streaming: 12:30–14:00 CEST
Location: Auditorium 3, UN City, Copenhagen
Live stream: see link

Panellists

  • Marie Louise Norredam, Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Domenico Sergi, Curator and Community Engagement Coordinator, Horniman Museum and Gardens, United Kingdom
  • Mahboobah Rajabi, Digital Artist, Community Arts North West, United Kingdom

Background

The WHO Knowledge Hub on Health and Migration, launched in November 2016, responds to the need for a single institute devoted to international migration and public health in the WHO European Region. It aims to provide a scientific and capacity-building forum to develop and improve public policies and interventions to address the health needs of migrants and the public health implications of migration in the Region.

The 5 elements of the Knowledge Hub include the webinar series, an annual summer school course, high-level policy dialogues, a knowledge library online resource, and hard-talk-style summits on polarizing issues.

The webinar series is a collaborative effort under the Migration and Health Knowledge Management (MiHKMa) project, funded by the European Commission; the Ministry of Health, Italy; and the Sicilian Regional Health Authority.