With increased rates of migration in Europe, and recently Canada, the development of suitable migration policies, including health policies, is becoming a priority. The vision of the Migrant Health Subgroup (pictured) is to use Cochrane Evidence Based Methods and Equity Methods to prioritize, and synthesis quality evidence on migrant health. Led by researcher and family physician Dr. Kevin Pottie at the Bruyère Research Institute, the group aims to improve the health of vulnerable migrant populations by synthesizing migrant relevant evidence and shining a light on important equity gaps in related interventions and outcomes.
Dr. Kevin Pottie is a member of the Campbell and Cochrane Equity Methods Group, and the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. He currently leads the European Union Evidence Based Guidelines for Newly Arriving Migrants and the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health. The guideline project at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is available online.
The research performed by Dr. Pottie and his team has provided significant insight into facilitating effective screening and vaccination for priority infectious diseases among newly arrived migrant populations. It certainly suggests that there is a clear benefit to enrolling migrants in vaccination programs and ensuring catch-up vaccination where needed.
“Public health programs have an important role in improving the health and social determinants of health for newly arrived migrants.”
Teymur Noori, Scientific Expert at the ECDC