Newsletter №3 - December 2014 Sophie
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Dear reader,
We have started the last year of the project and we are happy to have accumulated a large number of publications and open access presentations.

Currently, we are exploring new ways to disseminate our research. We have designed our first infographics based on two of our latest articles "Immigrants' health and health inequality by type of integration policies in European countries" and "The influence of gender equality policies on gender inequalities in health in Europe."

Moreover, we would like to invite you to have a look to our first policy brief and our new guide "Incorporating intersectionality in evaluation of policy impacts on health equity".




The method Results
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Dagmar Dzúrová

Dagmar Dzúrová, Prague

"The right to health implies equity in access to health care services for equal health needs"

Vanessa Puig

Vanessa Puig-Barrachina, Barcelona

"Looking for the mechanisms that underlie the maintenance of policies under austerity is not an easy task"

Dagmar Dzúrová is Senior Lecturer in Demography and Head of the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development at the Faculty of Science at the Charles University in Prague (CUNI). She is involved in SOPHIE as senior researcher leading the CUNI staff who participates in Built environment and Migration.

What are the most challenging aspects of being involved in a European research project?
For our team, the most challenging aspect of SOPHIE is evaluating the impact of structural policies on health inequalities in the Czech case. In our country these policies are almost non-existent, we must develop new indirect methods of assessment. No doubt, this is an important task, an important part of the current research in the field of health inequalities.

Read the full interview here

Vanessa Puig-Barrachina is a postdoctoral researcher at the Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona (ASPB). She started her participation in SOPHIE during her PhD at GREDS working on employment conditions and health inequalities. Now she is leading a case study on the Gender Budgeting Strategy in Andalusia (Spain).

You are a young researcher, if you could write your own project, what it would be about?
I have not started to write my own project yet. But if I have learnt something about the Sophie Project is that there is still much room to investigate the impact of structural policies and health inequalities. As a political scientist specialized in health inequalities this is extremely thrilling. I feel very comfortable working on gender policies as well as employment (...)

Read the full interview here

The picture The number
The picture

In SOPHIE we are reviewing the health equity impacts of urban renewal interventions and its mechanisms. We can highlight positive impacts, as it has been the case for the interventions within the Neighbourhoods Law in Barcelona, but also the literature has identified unintended consequences: Are social mix policies able to influence residential segregation and health inequalities? Results from a literature review.



A new SOPHIE study on short term health impact of the Great Recession in the European Union points that suicide rates increased the 4.7% per each 1% point increase in the unemployment rate in countries with low social protection, compared to 2.3% in other countries. This shows that the health effects of recession do indeed differ by the level of social protection provided.

News Readings
In November, the SOPHIE team participated at the European Public Health Conference 2014, in Glasgow Mind the gap: Reducing inequalities in health and health care.

To summarise our participation, we have created two Storify stories with all the tweets generated during the pre-conference "How to tackle health inequalities? Results from four EU-funded projects" and the plenary session "Inequalities in the population: large scale interventions" both with participation from SOPHIE.

Also, you can find here all our presentations and posters during the conference.


You can read our published articles, reports and PhD dissertations performed within the SOPHIE project.

Moreover, we keep up to date our list of communications in scientific conferences, which includes our presentations in Open Access.

Through our Twitter account @sophieproject we recommend each week an article on the topics of the project. Find them out here!

Our Links page has also been updated with information about international organizations and new ongoing European projects on health inequalities.

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