Jean-Noël Senne published his paper “Immigrants’ health empowerment and access to health coverage in France: A stepped wedge randomised controlled trial”, co-authored with Marwân-al-Qays Bousmah and the MAKASI study group, in Social Science & Medicine, Volume 23, 2023, 116400.
Abstract: Throughout Europe, migration-related health inequalities are mirrored by large inequalities in health coverage. There is a need to develop novel strategies to secure access to health insurance for immigrants in Europe, in order to meet the shared Sustainable Development Goal of universal health coverage. We evaluated the impact of an original health-related empowerment intervention on access to health coverage among vulnerable, mostly undocumented immigrants in France. As part of the MAKASI study, we adopted an outreach approach and developed a community-based intervention with and for immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa living in precarious conditions in the Greater Paris area. This participatory intervention was grounded in the theory of individual empowerment. Using a stepped wedge randomised design, we first conducted a robust evaluation of the effect of the intervention on access to health coverage at three and six months post-intervention. We then investigated whether the intervention effect was mediated by a health empowerment process.