Although it has long been established that migration and health status are closely linked, identifying the effect of migration on health remains an unresolved challenge for much migration research. This challenge has remained due primarily to data limitations, such as the inability to measure all characteristics that affect both migration and health, or the lack of longitudinal data necessary to distinguish between the effect of migration on health and the selection of individuals of differing health status into migration streams. Furthermore, migration and health research has typically focused on Asia, Europe or North America instead of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), despite the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on migration patterns, and the high and increasing rates of internal migration in SSA. This proposed study will address these two important gaps in research on the relationship between migration and health by (1) addressing several central methodological challenges that often preclude establishing a causal connection between migration and health, and (2) initiating a regional focus on SSA.

Public Health Relevance

Research on the relationship between migration and health has typically focused on Asia, Europe or North America instead of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), despite the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on migration patterns, and the high and increasing rates of internal migration in SSA. This project initiates a regional focus on migration and health in SSA, and addresses several methodological challenges in examining this relationship.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)
Type
Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21)
Project #
1R21HD071471-01
Application #
8229482
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRG1-SSPS-H (09))
Program Officer
Clark, Rebecca L
Project Start
2012-07-07
Project End
2014-06-30
Budget Start
2012-07-07
Budget End
2013-06-30
Support Year
1
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$260,715
Indirect Cost
$68,284
Name
Tulane University
Department
Public Health & Prev Medicine
Type
Schools of Public Health
DUNS #
053785812
City
New Orleans
State
LA
Country
United States
Zip Code
70118
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