Seval Akgun

Prof Seval Akgun

Professor
Institution: Baskent University
Current Insitution Location: Turkey

Email: sevalak2007@gmail.com
Phone Number: 00903122936868/2163
Website: Go to website

Address:
Baskent University Hospital, 79. street, 7/8, Total Quality Management Center, 06490, Bahcelievler-Ankara/Turkey

Migration Health Research Area/Expertise:
Professor Akgun is a Medical Doctor, Professor of Public Health in Baskent University School of Medicine with more than 30 plus years of strong experience in data management, statistical analyses, quality and accreditation in health care, patient safety and epidemiological studies including the assessment of burden of diseases and health and nutritional status indices and migrant health. She is also a quality expert and serving Baskent University as their Chief Quality Officer for the 10 hospitals, 16 hemodialysis centers that belong to the University since 1997. During the past 15 plus years, Professor Akgun has been serving as a consultant in health sector reform projects, system assessments, quality in healthcare, accreditation, gap analyses, performance measurements and refugee health. The variety of research topics she has addressed with the collaboration of several international technical supports demonstrates the wide scope of her interests in public and migrant health and her commitment to a comprehensive and holistic approach to health issue. She is currently Member of Management Committee, Country Representative and head of Public Health standards and principles in another COST project, "ADAPT" "Adapting European health systems to diversity”.

She was country coordinator on a DG Sanco project on "Information network on good practice in health care for migrants and minorities in Europe”, acronym: MIGHEALTHNET. "Public health actions to address wider determinants of health: social determinants of health", Programme of community action in the field of public health (2003-2008), Turkey representative, member of management committee on information network on good practice in health care for migrants and minorities in Europe, member of management committee and researcher at 7 working group between the years 2007 and 2011. She is currently working with MoH, Turkey on Syrian Refugees health. She also worked on Mipex study and some other projects with IOM related migrant and refugee health in Turkey. She did many presentations on Syrian Refugee health and Turkish government response, epidemiological and economical impact of Syrian Refugees on Turkish Health Care system at many international conferences in US, Mexico, Europe etc. She serves many European, Turkish and international organizations as their advisor on healthcare reform, quality in healthcare, accreditation in health and higher education, migrant health, community nutrition, system assessment and monitoring. She led a number of projects in the Middle East and Mediterranean Region (Saudi Arabia, Syria, Kuwait, Jordan, and Turkey); Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan) and Europe including projects supported by World Bank, EU and WHO on system reform and evaluation of alternative care delivery models and mechanisms, performance assessment, hospital surveying, patient care outcomes assessment, migrant health, burden of disease among many more such projects. She has also PhD in Community Nutrition and been selected as an evaluator in 2000, to evaluate the proposals submitted in response to the call EU F5-F7 Frameworks and Horizon 2020, Food Quality and Safety, Public and Mİgrant Health and Marie Curie by the European Union Commission and COST and since then evaluating many EU projects under different topics.

Research Focus/Expertise on Relevant Migrant Categories:
Internal Migration
Migrant Workers (Adults)

International/Cross-Border Migration
Refugees (Children, Adults, Elderly)
International migrant workers (Adults, Elderly)


General Research Focus/Expertise: 
Community participation in health
Disease surveillance
Elderly health
Epidemiology
Family medicine
Health administration
Health assessment/ medical examination
Health care financing
Health communication
Health law
Health policy
Health promotion/ Health education
Health systems research
Infectious diseases
Labour migration and health
Maternal and child health
Preventive medicine
Primary health care
Refugee health
Sexual and reproductive health
Tobacco control
Vaccine preventable diseases/immunization
Violence and health

Relevant Projects

Title Year Published Region/Country Role in the Project Main Outcome Link to Study Reports and publications
MIPEX Health Strand and Country Reports 2015 Other
Equi-Health Project Fostering Health Provision for Mİgrants 2014 Other
European Union FP 7 Framework Program Social Innovation 2012 South-Eastern Europe Eastern Europe and Central AsiaTurkey Principal Investigator
COST project, Member of Management Committee, Country Representative ”Adapting European health systems to diversity” 2011 Other
Promote Vaccinations among Migrant Populations in Europe 2010 Principal Investigator
COST project, Information network on good practice in health care for migrants and minorities in Europe, Turkey representative, member of management committee and researcher at 7 working group 2007 Other
Information network on good practice in health care for migrants and minorities in Europe”, acronym: MIGHEALTHNET. Public health actions to address wider determinants of health: social determinants of health 2007 Other

Relevant Publications

Title Author Year Published Link to Publication
MIPEX-health strand, Country Report, Turkey Seval Akgün & Coşkun Bakar 2017
Cardiovascular mortality patterns in Turkey: What is the evidence? Razum O, Akgün Seval, & Tezcan S 2000
Low overall mortality of Turkish Residents in Germany persists and extends into a second generation; merely a healthy migrant effect Razum O. Zeeb & H. Akgün Seval 1998
Dutch Residents Of Turkish Origin Utilising Healthcare Services In Turkey – An Explorative Qualitative Study On Motives And Contextual Factors A. Şekercan, A.J. Woudstra, R.J.G. Peters, M. Lamkaddem, S.Akgün, & M.L. Essink-Bot 2018
Epidemiological and Economical Impact of Syrian Refugees Seval Akgun 2018
Impact of Migration on Public Health in Europe and Turkey Seval Akgun 2016
The Impact of Syrian Refugees on Turkish Health Sector and Government of Turkey’s Response Seval Akgun 2016
Social and Health Status Of Syrian Refugees and Impact On Turkey’s Health Sector Seval Akgun 2016
The Impact of Refugee Crisis on Global Health Seval Akgun 2016
Impact of Syrian Refugees on Turkey’s Health Sector Seval Akgun 2016
Invited Key Note SpeakerThe Impact of the Refugee Crisis on Global Health: Implications for CE Providers Seval Akgun 2016
Cross-border healthcare consumption by residents of Turkish origin living in Western Europe from the perspective of the country of origin Seval Akgun & Aydın Şekercan 2015
Health Service Utilization and Prevelance of Chronical Disease among Second and Third Genetarion of Migrants in Turkey, Soziale und gesundheitliche Situation syrischer Flüchtlinge in der Türkei Seval Akgun 2014
Health Service Utulization and Prevelance of Chronical Disease among Migrants in Turkey Seval Akgun 2012
How useful is a name-based algorithm in health research among Turkish migrants in Germany? Razum O, Zeeb H, & Akgün S 2001