MHADRI Newsletter February 2022

As we move further into the new year, our aim is to re-energize our network and find new and collaborative ways to support our members and their research. Read on to see what our ongoing plans are, a current call for papers, and more!

ECR Network

A core goal of MHADRI has always been to establish an Early Career Network. We aim to make the community and knowledge within accessible to young researchers. We are currently in the process of forming a sub-committee of ECRs to plan events and determine  ways to support other early career researchers in the network.  Click this link to find out more! 
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To join the Early Careers Research (ECR) working group please email a 1–2 page CV with the following details:  
  1. Personal details (Name, title, position, institution, Location, Contact details) 
  2. Educational Background (tertiary qualifications, institution) 
  3. Organizational service (details of previous experience in working committees)  
  4. Skills (Highlight relevant skills) 
  5. Research Background (Research area, published work) 
  6. A brief statement outlining your reasons to be part of the MHADRI ECR working group. 
Please email the CV to no later than the 4th of March 2022.  
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Call for Papers
"Critical Perspectives on Migrants, Migration, and COVID-19 Vaccination"
MHADRI member Professor Denise Spitzer is the Managing Guest editor for this special issue of the Journal of Migration and Health.

"Some migrant groups have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the pandemic highlighting major health inequities in these populations globally. Migration status, gender, linguistic, financial, informational barriers, and temporal constraints are known to influence access to health services, which may have had implications for their inclusion in national responses during the pandemic, including vaccine access. This special issue seeks articles that address the politics and politicisation of migrants and migration in the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations, inclusion in national responses during the pandemic, and inclusion in vaccine programmes more broadly. Articles that bring a critical, political-economic, or feminist lens and intersectional or gendered analysis are particularly welcome."

You are invited to submit your manuscript at any time before the submission deadline of 28th February 2022. The usual Journal of Migration and Health publication fee will be waived for all accepted papers received before the submission deadline. Submissions will be published online as they are accepted.

Click here to see more. 
MHADRI Steering Committee members Drs. Paul Bukuluki, Ursula Trummer, and colleagues have worked to develop a course on health and migration. This is offered by Makerere University (Uganda), The Centre for Health and Migration (Austria), the International Organization for Migration, and Austria's Ministry of the Interior, with the support of other organisations seen above. 

This course was held first in March 2021 and the second in August, September, and October of 2021. The current course is currently being run during February and March of 2022.

The first two courses and Open Forum together accommodated 130 participants from 11 countries (Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Turkey) with lectures from 20 facilitators from 11 countries. The third courses has added even more wide-ranging facilitators and participants, and is the largest course yet. 

The funding for the course was originally given to support a three-part series, but organisers are optimistic that the success of the program will lead to funding for further iterations. 

Click here to view the current course's agenda, as well as facilitator and participant profiles. 

Research Highlight

ECR Coordinator Siona Fernandes and her co-authors published a paper in November exploring perspectives on physical activity (PA) and sedentary behavior (SB) among the Indian migrant population in Melbourne. 

Data revealed 2 major themes to be explored further:

1.) Holistic perspectives related to physical activity; several descriptions of PA had insights relating to "the mind (mind-body connect), social, cultural, and to the outdoor environment"

2.) Broader perspectives for sedentary behavior, where ideas about SB as “not having movement”, “doing nothing” or “being lazy”, were shaped with ideas of intent and time spent in SB. "Women spoke about how their perspectives of PA and SB may be shaped by native Indian experiences, particularly the gender roles, social caste, and regional subcultural norms."

Click here to read the paper. 

Screenshot of an article with the title "A qualitative exploration of perspectives of physical activity and sedentary behaviour among Indian migrants in Melbourne, Australia: how are they defined and what can we learn?"
Organisation Profiles
MHADRI members work worldwide in and in collaboration with highly respected organisations. Click on each image below to see more information.
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Member Connections
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For those who already members, we'd like to remind you of the features we have on our members' portal! This is a great way to find other members in your area or field of expertise if you wish to collaborate. You are also able to edit your own profile to promote and disseminate your work. You can filter a search by location, general research focus, or specific migration topics, or search for your own key words.  
Website Updates

We are continually working hard to make sure MHADRI is easily accessible to both new and established researchers, and having a good website is important.
Click here to have a look.

The communications team has added translation services and is working on ensuring screen reader capability as well. Are you a MHADRI member with ideas on how to make our online presence work better for you? Reach out to:
Have Your Say
The MHADRI Steering Committee has been working hard to come up with plans for the network, but we have always intended to be member-led. 

Do you have ideas for projects the MHADRI team could undertake to better support our members? Email to let us know!
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