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Professional development of civic and health communicators: a national platform in Sweden MILSA 3.0
Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM). Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Care Science (VV).
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2020 (English)In: European Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1101-1262, E-ISSN 1464-360X, Vol. 30, p. V35-V35, article id ckaa165.081Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

BackgroundEstablishing oneself in a new country is especially challenging for forced migrants affecting both physical and mental health. The Swedish introduction system includes a mandatory civic orientation program conducted in the refugeés native language, covering different aspects of the Swedish society. MILSA has advocated for including health promotion as a key component in the introduction system, stating that culturally sensitive health communication is a human right for refugees. Through this work, health communication is now included in the program in many parts of Sweden. However, there are challenges due to a lack of professional recognition related to the absence of a recognized training. In order to create a national capacity for a quality based civic and health communication, MILSA has developed a national training program carried out in collaboration with five universities, actors on local, regional, and national levels as well as NGOs and experts in different areas. 

MethodsA web-based program including six physical workshops is given nationally. The program consists of 22 modules targeting society and public health issues but also pedagogy, leadership and communication. Evaluation studies are included in the program targeting the education itself and as well as investigating effects on the refugees.

ResultsThe program has been running for three years ending in autumn 2020 including four admission periods. The early evaluation showed very encouraging results where participants reported a deeper knowledge of civics and public health, resulting in being more secure and comfortable in their daily work, including improvements regarding skills in pedagogy, leadership and conflict management.

ConclusionsThe need for an educational platform is recognized by many stakeholders in Sweden. The program has received a very positive evaluation. Due to this, MILSA has initiated a process of establishing a national commissioned program on permanent basis.

Key messages The program has been highly regarded by the communicators, due to the gained knowledge in their everyday work.The importance of health communication and professional development and its value for the recipients of civic orientation is recognized by many stakeholders within but also outside the country.

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Oxford University Press, 2020. Vol. 30, p. V35-V35, article id ckaa165.081
Keywords [en]
health promotion, human rights, internet, languages, mental health, refugees, knowledge acquisition, public health medicine, teaching, professional development, cultural sensitivity, health communication, nongovernmental organizations
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-40106DOI: 10.1093/eurpub/ckaa165.081ISI: 000605268700087OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-40106DiVA, id: diva2:1523352
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16th World Congress on Public Health 2020 Public Health for the future of humanity: analysis, advocacy and action
Available from: 2021-01-28 Created: 2021-01-28 Last updated: 2021-01-28Bibliographically approved

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