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Taking stock of Roma health policies in Spain: Lessons for health governance

M. Escobar-Ballesta, M. García-Ramírez and C. De Freitas

Health Policy, 2018, vol. 122, issue 4, 444-451

Abstract: Roma health inequities are a wicked problem. Despite concerted efforts to reduce them under the Decade of Roma Inclusion initiative, the health gap between Roma and non-Roma populations in Europe persists. To address this problem, the European Commission devised the National Roma Integration Strategies (NRIS). This paper provides a critical assessment of the implementation of the NRIS’ health strand (NRIS-H) in Spain and proposes an evaluation tool to monitor Roma health policies – the Roma Health Integration Policy Index (RHIPEX). It also makes recommendations to promote Roma health governance. To achieve these goals, four community forums, 33 stakeholder interviews and a scoping review were conducted.

Keywords: Roma; Health policy; Policy assessment; Governance; Migration and health; Spain; Wicked problem (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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