Training for Health Mediators held on 20-22 September 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia
IOM MHD RO Brussels in collaboration with IOM Slovenia and IOM Croatia, organized a Training course for Health Mediators on 20-22 September 2016 in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Hosted at the Narodni muzej Slovenije - Metelkova, the training course had the objective to provide health mediators and other professionals working on health migration issues with relevant knowledge and skills concerning migrant-related health care and cultural mediation.
The sessions allowed participants to explore several important concepts on health care and health mediation for migrants and refugees, including an overview of entitlements to health care and responsibilities of migrants in the EU, working with vulnerable groups, mental health, occupational health, medical terminology and records, as well as cultural diversities and conflict mediation. Participants included health mediators working with IOM Slovenia and Croatia, representatives of the Slovenian National School of Public Health and health professionals.
Represented by Elena Val and Annie Raykov, IOM MHD RO Brussels opened the course with an introduction to the Re-Health project and the implementation of activities in Slovenia and Croatia.
The training course is part of IOM’s Re-Health project’s efforts to facilitate the implementation of the Personal Health Record (PHR) through the recruitment and training of health mediators on working with refugees and migrants, particularly with vulnerable groups and children. The trained health mediators will support the services and assistance provided to migrants and explain the process and benefits of undergoing a health assessment.