Rachel Burns

Ms Rachel Burns

Migrant Health Research Assistant
Institution: Institute of Health Informatics, University College London
Current Insitution Location: United Kingdom

Email: r.burns@ucl.ac.uk
Website: Go to website

222 Euston Road London, NW1 2DA

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
My experience within the field of migration health bridges various disciplines and encompasses multiple levels of engagement: from interacting with migrants themselves through conducting primary research on the health of Bolivian migrants in Buenos Aires, Latino migrants in North Carolina, and migrants in the UK, to working with the multilateral migration organization IOM and multidisciplinary research groups such as the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health. Within these roles, I engaged with a diverse array of stakeholders and learned the importance of multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives within migration health research and policy formation. Currently, I am a research assistant at UCL working on migrant health within the UK exploring causes of migrant morbidity and larger social/environmental determinants of migrant health.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
Internal Migration
Internally displaced persons (Children, Adolescents, Adults)
Left-behind migrant families (Children, Adolescents, Adults)
Migrant Workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults)

International/Cross-Border Migration
Humanitarian entrants/ Refugee resettlement programs (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
International migrant workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Refugees (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)
Seasonal farm workers (Children, Adolescents, Adults, Elderly)

General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Adolescent health
Community participation in health
Labour migration and health
Medical anthropology
Mobile health (mHealth)
Public Health
Sexual and reproductive health
Vaccine preventable diseases/immunization

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
Public health data science to investigate and improve migrant health 2018 European Economic AreaUnited Kingdom Research Staff Health needs of migrants in the UK, how their personal and environmental risk factors for becoming unhealthy change
UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health 2017 European Economic AreaUnited Kingdom Collaborator Global report on migration and health with an inter-disciplinary approach to the appraisal of information and presentation of recommendations
Health status of returning refugees, internally displaced persons, and host community in a post-conflict district in Northern Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional survey 2017 Asia and the PacificSri Lanka Principal Investigator There is strong evidence that IDPs have a lower quality of life (SF-36 score) than both the host community and returning refugees.

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
Humanitarian disaster for Rohingya refugees: impending natural hazards and worsening public health crises Bayes Ahmed, Miriam Orcutt, Peter Sammonds, Rachel Burns, Rita Issa, Ibrahim Abubakar, & Delan Devakumar 2018