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Engaging with Migrant Communities: A Framework for Action

Unit for Health Promotion Research, University of Southern Denmark, Niels Bohrs Vej 9-10, DK-6700 Esbjerg, Denmark
Department of Psychology, University of Bologna, 40126 Bologna, Italy
Societies 2018, 8(4), 94;
Received: 28 August 2018 / Revised: 20 September 2018 / Accepted: 22 September 2018 / Published: 26 September 2018
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Migrants have disproportionately higher rates of morbidity and mortality when compared to the host population and this reflects the reality of health inequalities in many countries. It is imperative to engage with communities to identify their needs and to include these in the delivery of public health programs and health care services. The aim of this paper is to outline a new approach that systematically ensures that vulnerable groups, such as migrants, can become actively involved and are not simply the passive recipients of program activities. The community engagement framework is based on practical experiences of working in a cross-cultural context in both rural and urban settings and is implemented as seven key steps: 1. stakeholder connection; 2. communication; 3. needs assessment; 4. informing the wider community; 5. strengthening community capacity; 6. building partnerships; and, 7. follow-up. The framework offers a flexible template that can be used to engage with vulnerable groups in future public health programs. View Full-Text
Keywords: vulnerable communities; migrants; public health; community engagement; policy; inequalities vulnerable communities; migrants; public health; community engagement; policy; inequalities

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