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WHO Collaborating Centre on Social Inclusion and Health


IUDESP has been designated as WHO Collaborating Centre on Social Inclusion and Health (September 2012-2016), to support World Health Organization’s work on vulnerability and health. 

Director: Daniel La Parra (daniel.laparra@ua.es)
Responsible Officer: Christoph Hamelmann (hamelmannc@who.int)


Work plan

  1. POLICY BRIEF. Preventing and Addressing Intimate Partner Violence against Migrant and Ethnic Minority Women: the role of the health sector

The policy brief aims to provide input into the role of the health sector in preventing and addressing Intimate Partner Violence among migrant women and ethnic minorities. It does so by describing (IPV) the scope of the problem, presenting key evidences, and making recommendations to health sector stakeholders. 

  1. Toolkit on social participation. Methods and techniques for ensuring the social participation of Roma populations and other social groups in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes to improve their health
Toolkit-social-participation

This tool kit on participation explains different mechanisms and provides multiple examples on how to promote different types of participation in health initiatives. Social participation could be considered both a mean and a goal of health equity policies. Health equity could not be achieved without the active participation of the concerned population. 

  1. Training course on reorienting strategies, programmes and activities related to Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5 for greater health equity.

The training course has been organized and facilitated by WHO/Europe in collaboration with the Interuniversity Institute for Social Development and Peace, University of Alicante (WHO Collaborating Centre on Social Inclusion and Health) and the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality. The training course participants learned how to use a practical tool, which consists of a methodological guide developed by the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality, for effective integration of equity into specific actions in relation to child and maternal health.

Pilot countries: Serbia, Bulgaria, Montenegro and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

  1. Resource package on methodologies for reorienting health programmes addressing MDGs 4 and 5 to better address Roma health equity

Resource package that provides guidance, tools and methodologies for reorienting programmes on sexual, reproductive, maternal, neonatal, and child health for greater health equity (with an explicit but not exclusive focus on the Roma population). The resource package is designed to give support to the Training course on reorienting strategies, programmes and activities related to Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5 for greater health equity.

  • Contact: Daniel La Parra
  1. Roma inclusion newsletter

The purpose of this newsletter is to share information and resources relevant to improving Roma health, and thereby support current efforts to strengthen the health components of national Roma integration strategies or sets of policy measures in the EU and action plans for the Decade of Roma Inclusion.

The newsletter is published by WHO/Europe in cooperation with the European Commission – Directorate-General for Health and Consumers and the Interuniversity Institute of Social Development and Peace at the University of Alicante, Spain.

  1. Teaching compendium for pre-service training of undergraduate students on social exclusion and health.

Creation of a compendium to support  pre-service training of undergraduate students on social exclusion and health (the health status of the ethnic minorities, health mediation, culture and health: the intercultural approach, the social determinants of health, racism and prejudices, and others), drawing from the expertise of the network members and other sources. The compendium would pay specific attention to gender inequity in the context of social exclusion. 

  • Concept Note
  • Guía temática Pueblo Gitano: Equidad en salud (in Spanish)
  • Expected publication date: 2016
  • Members: Alfredo Alfageme, Ángel Amaro, Carmen Pardo, Carmen Vives, Begoña García Pastor, Carmen Pérez Belda, Daniel La Parra, Diana Gil-González, Elena Ronda, María José Gámez, José Tomás García, Raquel Huete, Emilio José Gómez Ciriano, Juan García, Irma Muñoz, José María Uribe, Juan Tortosa, Lidón Escrig, María Asunción Martínez, Javier Arza, Nuria Caus, Antonio García Belmar, Joan Paredes, Rocio Ortíz, Yolanda Domenech, Francisco José Raga, Nicolás Jiménez, Araceli Cañadas Ortega, María Sandín, Sergio Latorre-Arteaga, María Carmen Davó-Blanes