Dr Elizabeth Ioannidi – Kapolou studied sociology at the City University of New York and has worked as a senior researcher at the Department of Sociology, National School of Public Health in Athens. She has participated in many European and national research projects mainly related to migrants’ health, social exclusion, social integration of minority groups, socio-cultural diversities in health and sexual behaviour and HIV/AIDS. She was the national focal point for the European network AIDS & MOBILITY ( 2004-2006) and the national focal point for the COST Action IS0603 Health and Social Care for Migrants and Ethnic Minorities in Europe (HOME) and the national focal point in the COST- action: «Adapting European health systems to diversity (ADAPT).
She was the Health Researcher for Greece in the MIPEX (Migrant Integration Policy Index 2015), the outcome of the project “Integration policies: Who benefits? The development and use of indicators in integration debates” led by the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB), and the Migration Policy Group (MPG).
She was the Scientific Coordinator of the two Actions implemented in the framework of the European Integration Fund- Greek Ministry of Interior, Decentralization and e-government for “Cultural Mediators in Selected Hospitals in Athens and Thessaloniki and in selected hospitals in the country”. These projects were the first that placed cultural mediators in Greek hospitals.
She was the coordinator of the training programs addressed to health professionals and law enforcement officers at the First Reception in the framework of the EQUI-HEALTH project carried out in collaboration with IOM, Brussels and the Dept. of Sociology, NSPH, Athens. She has produced the material and is the trainer of the Re-Health project co-funded by the Health Programme of the E.U in collaboration with IOM addressed to Cultural mediators. She was the national coordinator of the CARE- Common Approach for Refugees and other migrants health (717317) which has received funding from the European Union’s Health Programme (2014-2020).
She is a European Expert in training, in the project: MIG-H Training – Development of specific training modules for health professionals (HPs), law enforcement officers (LEOs) and trainers, on migrants’ and refugees’ health, addressing communicable diseases (CDs) and mental health (MHs) problems carried out by IOM, GIZ, ASPHER, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.