WoHealth

Empowering immigrant women in supporting their and their families' health and wellbeing

P4 Skilled and socially inclusive region

4.1. More people benefiting from stronger Central Baltic communities

Central Baltic

01.05.2019 - 30.04.2021

€265 834

€199 375

Project Summary:

Immigrant women and mothers often lack peer support in the new country they move to. They also have challenges understanding recommendations from healthcare professionals.

Immigrant women who have arrived in a certain country and lived there for some time, have gained knowledge and understanding of the local culture and the service system. Their peer support is a very valuable tool for new immigrant women.
The project focuses on immigrant women in Finland and in Sweden ad both countries share a similar social structure.

The project aims to develop a model that helps immigrants reaching satisfactory health and wellbeing standards. To reach this goal the project will create a training program and material for workshops adapted to the differences in legislation in Finland and Sweden. In Finland, a peer support training system will be developed and directed to immigrant women willing to volunteer and give support to other women with the same needs. In Sweden, a multicultural health advisor will help immigrant women by using the training’s programme and the material developed for the workshops.

Expected results

WoHealth project main results on activities 1 and 3 are peer support education development and piloting.
- A developed and tested education model for peer support of immigrant women to be utilised elsewhere
- Educated immigrants for voluntary, peer support work (5-10 women) in teaching home Mustikka or Sateenkaari Koto
-Educated immigrants peer supporters have learned new skills to positively motivate and support immigrant women to maintain their health and well-being and to find out new ways to take care their children health and well-being.
- Educated immigrants experience their volunteering peer support work to be meaningful
- Immigrant women have received peer support during their appointments in maternity and child health clinics (5-10 families)
- The immigrant women who received peer support felt empowered in health care services
The main result in the activity 2 is online material development.
Understandable online material in plain language about health and wellbeing issues to be widely implemented. All online material is available, along with websites of Sateenkaarikoto and FMC, for further free use of all interested organisation and other relevant stakeholders who worked and support of immigrant women and their family.
Concerning the community improving the WoHealth is effective in following ways:
- Educated peer supporters are active members of their own reference groups (fellow country women, local communities etc.) and deliver their new knowledge and skills in their surroundings.
- Women are empowered with support and information from peer supporter and are able to work for the wellbeing and health of themselves and their families, and in the wider perspective; in their surroundings as well.
- Sateenkaarikoto / teaching home Mustkka continues to educate new peer supporters for children and maternity clinics and also for other issues that need development. Sateenkaarikoto has wide local and national networks to deliver lessons learned.